Parasitology Research

, Volume 107, Issue 4, pp 931–937 | Cite as

Human-dominated habitats and helminth parasitism in Southeast Asian murids

  • Kittipong Chaisiri
  • Win Chaeychomsri
  • Jindawan Siruntawineti
  • Frédéric Bordes
  • Vincent Herbreteau
  • Serge MorandEmail author
Original Paper


The effect of habitat anthropization is investigated using a comparative analysis based on a literature survey of the gastrointestinal helminths of murid rodents described in Southeast Asia (SEA). The literature survey gave 30 references on helminth diversity concerning 20 murid rodent species. The diversity of helminths was high with a total of 13 species of cestodes, 15 species of trematodes, 29 species of nematodes and one species of acanthocephalans. The highest helminth species richness was found in Rattus tanezumi, Rattus norvegicus and Rattus argentiventer, all these species were found in more human-dominated habitats (agricultural areas or human settlements). Helminth species richness was positively linked across rodent species to the level of the anthropization of the host environment from forests, agricultural areas to human settlements.


Rodent Species Helminth Species Small Home Range Rattus Rattus Parasite Species Richness 
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This study is supported by the French ANR Biodiversity (ANR 07 BDIV 012, project CERoPath) “Community Ecology of Rodents and their Pathogens in a Changing Environment”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kittipong Chaisiri
    • 1
    • 2
  • Win Chaeychomsri
    • 2
  • Jindawan Siruntawineti
    • 2
  • Frédéric Bordes
    • 3
  • Vincent Herbreteau
    • 4
  • Serge Morand
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Helminthology, Faculty of Tropical MedicineMahidol UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Department of Zoology, Faculty of ScienceKasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand
  3. 3.Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, UMR 5554 CNRS-IRD-UM2, CC65Université de Montpellier 2MontpellierFrance
  4. 4.UR22 AGIRs CIRADCampus International de BaillarguetMontpellierFrance

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