Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 171–178 | Cite as

Parasite fauna of rodents (Murinae) from El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain): a multidisciplinary approach

  • Carlos Feliu
  • Mercedes López
  • María S. Gómez
  • Jordi Torres
  • Santiago Sánchez
  • Jordi Miquel
  • Néstor Abreu-Acosta
  • Juan M. Segovia
  • Aarón Martín-Alonso
  • Isabel Montoliu
  • Mercedes Villa
  • Ángela Fernández-Álvarez
  • Abdoulaye J. S. Bakhoum
  • Basilio Valladares
  • Jorge Orós
  • Pilar Foronda
Original Paper

Abstract

The parasite fauna (protozoa, helminths and insects) of the two most widespread Murinae rodents in El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain), the black rat (Rattus rattus) and the house mouse (Mus musculus domesticus) was studied. Faunistic, ecological, ecotoxicological data, as well as information on the biology of some nematode parasites of R. rattus are provided. The present work is unprecedented in the Canary Islands, and provides the first data on the parasite biodiversity in Murinae from the archipelago. Concerning to parasitofaunas stands out: a) impoverishment of biodiversity of helminths respect of which have the same hosts in other islands; b) increasing the number of species of Siphonaptera, even compared with flea species that parasitize the same hosts from continental biotopes.

Keywords

Canary Islands El Hierro parasites heavy metals Mus musculus domesticus Rattus rattus 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Anderson R.C. 2000. Nematode parasites of vertebrates. Their development and transmission. CABI Publishing, Wallingford.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Bajer A. 2008. Between-year variation and spatial dynamics of Cryptosporidium spp. and Giardia spp. infections in naturally infected rodent populations. Parasitology, 135, 1629–1649. DOI: 10.1017/S0031182008004952.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Battersby S., Webster J. 2001. Rat infestations and public health. Environmental Health, 4, 109–111.Google Scholar
  4. Beaucournu J.C., Chabaud A.G. 1963. Infestation spontanée de puces par le spiruride Mastophorus muris (Gmelin). Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée, 38, 931–933.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Beaucournu J.C., Alcover J.A., Launay H. 1989. Les puces (Siphonaptera) des iles Canaries. Description de Xenopsilla guancha n. sp. Vie et Milieu, 39, 41–48.Google Scholar
  6. Beaucournu J.C., Launay H. 1990. Les puces de France et du bassin méditerranéen occidental. Fédération Française des Sociétés de Sciences Naturelles, Paris, 548 pp.Google Scholar
  7. Bush A.O., Lafferty K.D., Lotz J.M., Shostak A.W. 1997. Parasitology meets ecology on its own terms: Margolis et al., revisited. Journal of Parasitology, 83, 575–583. DOI: 10.2307/3284227.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Cameron T.M.W. 1949. Diseases carried by house mice. Canadian Journal of Comparative Medicine and Veterinary Science, 17, 9–11.Google Scholar
  9. Casanova J.C., Miquel J., Fons R., Molina X., Feliu C., Mathias M.L., Torres J., Libois R., Santos-Reis M., Collares-Pereira M., Marchand B. 1996. On the helminthfauna of wild mammals (Rodentia, Insectivora and Lagomorpha) in Azores Archipelago (Portugal). Vie et Milieu, 46, 253–259.Google Scholar
  10. Chabaud A.G. 1954a. Sur le cycle évolutif des Spirurides et de Nématodes ayant une biologie comparable. Valeur systématique des caractères biologiques. Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée, 29, 42–88.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. Chabaud A.G. 1954b. Sur le cycle évolutif des Spirurides et de Nématodes ayant une biologie comparable. Valeur systématique des caractères biologiques (suite). Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée, 29, 206–249.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. Chalmers R.M., Sturdee A.P., Bull S.A., Miller A., Wright S.E. 1997. The prevalence of Cryptosporidium parvum and C. muris in Mus domesticus, Apodemus sylvaticus and Clethrionomys glareolus in an agricultural system. Parasitology Research, 83, 478–482. DOI: 10.1007/s004360050283.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Crompton D.W.T., Nickol B.B. 1985. Biology of the Acantocephala. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 519 pp.Google Scholar
  14. Delattre P., Le Louar H. 1981. Dynamique des populations du rat noir Rattus rattus en mangrove lacustre. Mammalia, 45, 275–288.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Desportes C., Chabaud A.G., Campana Y. 1949. Sur les Gongylonèmes de Muridae et leurs formes larvaires. Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée, 24, 447–459.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  16. Eira C., Torres J., Vingada J., Miquel J. 2005. Concentration of some toxic elements in Oryctolagus cuniculus and in its intestinal cestode Mosgovoyia ctenoides, in Dunas de Mira (Portugal). Science of the Total Environment, 346, 81–86. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2004.11.014.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Evans W.S., Novak M., Basilevsky A. 1985. Effects of environmental temperature, sex, and infection with Hymenolepis microstoma on the liver and bile duct weigths of mice. Journal of Parasitology, 71, 106–109.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Feliu C., Renaud F., Catzeflis F., Hugot J.P., Durand P., Morand S. 1997. A comparative analysis of parasite species richness of Iberian rodents. Parasitology, 115, 453–466. DOI: 10.1017/S0031182097001479.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Foo C., Farrel J., Bozell A., Robertson I., Ryan U.M. 2007. Novel Cryptosporidium genotype in wild Australian mice (Mus domesticus). Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73, 7693–7696. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00848-07.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Foronda P., López-González M., Hernández M., Haukisalmi V., Feliu C. 2011. Distribution and genetic variation of hymenolepidid cestodes in murid rodents on the Canary Islands (Spain). Parasites & Vectors, 4, 185–194. DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-4-185.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Franjola R., Soto G., Montefusco A. 1995. Prevalence of protozoa infections in synanthropic rodents in Valdivia city, Chile. Boletín Chileno de Parasitología, 50, 66–72.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  22. Golvan Y.I., Drouhet E. 1977. Técnicas en Parasitología y Micología. Editorial Jims, Barcelona, 407 pp.Google Scholar
  23. Gómez M.S., Pujols M., Gállego J. 1988. Sobre la parasitocenosis en Mus musculus (Rodentia, Muridae) y Crocidura russula (Insectivora, Soricidae) del Delta del Ebro: Estudio anual. Revista Ibérica de Parasitología, 48, 323–333.Google Scholar
  24. Gratz N.G. 1994. Rodents as carriers of disease. In: (Eds. A.P. Buckle and R.H. Smith) Rodent Pests and Their Control. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, 85–1108.Google Scholar
  25. Hamers T., van der Berg J.H.J., van Gestel C.A.M., van Schooten F.J., Murk A.J. 2006. Risk assessment of metals and organic pollutants for herbivorous and carnivorous small mammal food chains in a polluted floodplain (Biesbosch, The Netherlands). Environmental Pollution, 144, 581–595. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2006.01.020.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Henriksen S.A., Pohlenz J.F.L. 1981. Staining of cryptosporidia by a modified Ziehl-Neelsen technique. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 22, 594–596.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  27. Higgs S., Nowell F. 2000. Population biology of Eimeria (Protozoa: Apicomplexa) in Apodemus sylvaticus: a capture/recapture study. Parasitology, 120, 355–363. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0031.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Jimenez A.M. 1992. Contribución al conocimiento de la parasitofauna de micromamíferos de la isla de Córcega. PhD Thesis, University of Valencia, 421 pp.Google Scholar
  29. Krauss A. 1977. Pathogenicity of Mastophorus muris in Microtus arvalis. Angewandte Parasitologie, 18, 102–103.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  30. Lowrie F.M., Behnke J.M., Barnard C.J. 2004. Density-dependent effects on the survival and growth of the rodent stomach worm Protospirura muricola in laboratory mice. Journal of Helminthology, 78, 121–128. DOI: 10.1079/JOH2003230.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Lv C., Zhang L., Wang R., Jian F., Zhang S., Ning C., Wang H., Feng C., Wang X., Ren X., Qi M., Xiao L. 2009. Cryptosporidium spp. in wild, laboratory, and pet rodents in China: prevalence and molecular characterization. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75, 7692–7699. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01386-09.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. Mafiana C.F., Osho M.B., Sam-Wobo S. 1997. Gastrointestinal helminth parasites of the black rat (Rattus rattus) in Abeokuta, southwest Nigeria. Journal of Helminthology, 71, 217–220.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  33. Magnanou E., Morand S. 2006. Insularity and micromammal-macroparasite relationships. In: (Eds. S. Morand, B.R. Krasnov and R. Poulin) Micromammals and Macroparasites: From Evolutionary Ecology to Management. Springer, Tokyo, Japan, 295–315.Google Scholar
  34. Mas-Coma S., Esteban J.G., Fuentes M.V., Bargues M.D., Valero M.A., Galan-Puchades M.T. 2000. Helminth parasites of small mammals (Insectivores and Rodents) on the Pityusic island of Formentera (Balearic Archipelago). Research and Reviews in Parasitology, 58, 125–133.Google Scholar
  35. Meyer A.N., Shankster A., Langton S.D., Jukes G. 1995. National commensal rodent survey 1993. Environmental Health, 103, 127–135.Google Scholar
  36. Milazzo C., Cagnin M., Di Bella C., Geraci F., Ribas A. 2010. Helminth fauna of commensal rodents, Mus musculus (Linnaeus, 1758) and Rattus rattus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Rodentia, Muridae) in Sicily. Revista Ibero-Latinoamericana de Parasitología, 69, 194–198.Google Scholar
  37. Milazzo C., Gouy de Bellocq J., Cagnin M., Casanova J.C., Di Bella C., Feliu C., Morand S., Santalla F. 2003. Helminths and ectoparasites of Rattus rattus and Mus domesticus from Sicily. Comparative Parasitology, 70, 199–204.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  38. Miquel J., Casanova J.C., Fons R., Feliu C., Marchand B., Torres J., Clara J.P. 1996. Helminthes parasites des Rongeurs Muridés des îles d’Hyères (Var, France): Aspects ecologiques. Vie et Milieu, 46, 219–223.Google Scholar
  39. Novak M., McTavish G., Evans W.S. 1985. Hymenolepis microstoma: histopathological changes in mice maintained at different environmental temperatures. Journal of Parasitology, 71, 735–741.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  40. Novak M., Nombrado S. 1988. Mast cells responses to Hymenolepis microstoma infection in mice. Journal of Parasitology, 74, 81–88.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  41. Pappas P.W., Schroeder L.L. 1977. Biliary and intestinal pathology in mice infected with Hymenolepis microstoma, as determinated by scanning electron microscopy. Journal of Parasitology, 63, 762–764.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  42. Petithory J.C., Theodories J., Brumpt L. 1997. A challenged Nobel Prize: Johannes Fibiger, 1926. Histoire des Sciences Médicales, 31, 87–95.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  43. Quentin J.C. 1970. Morphogénèse larvaire du Spiruride Mastophorus muris (Gmelin, 1790). Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée, 45, 839–855.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  44. Quentin J.C., Seureau C. 1978. Identification et biologie du Gongylonème parasite du Macroscélide en Tunisie. Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée, 53, 631–640.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  45. Quentin J.C., Seureau C., Sapin J.M. 1986. Gongylonema congolense Fain, 1955 (Nematoda, Spirurida), synonymie et biologie larvaire, réactions cellulaires de l’insecte hôte intermédiaire. Zeitschrift für Parasitenkunde, 72, 227–239. DOI: 10.1007/BF00931150.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  46. Ritchie L.S. 1948. Another sedimentation technique for routine stool examination. Bulletin of US Army Medical Department, 8, 326–330.Google Scholar
  47. Sanchez-Chardi A., Peñarroya-Matutano C., Oliveira C.A., Nadal J. 2007. BBioaccumulation of metals and effects of a landfill in small mammals. Part II. The wood mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus. Chemosphere, 70, 101–109. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2007.06.047.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  48. Sheather A.L. 1923. The detection of intestinal protozoa and mange parasites by a flotation technique. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 36, 266–275.Google Scholar
  49. Simpson G.F., Gleason L.N. 1975. Lesion formation in the livers of mice caused by metabolic products of Hymenolepis microstoma. Journal of Parasitology, 61, 152–154.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  50. Singleton G.R., Hinds L.A., Krebs C.J., Spratt D.M. 2003. Rats, mice and people: rodent biology and management. ACIAR Monograph, 96, Canberra, 564 pp.Google Scholar
  51. Stephenson L.S., Latham M.C., Ottesen E.A. 2000. Malnutrition and parasitic infestations. Parasitology, 121, S23–S38. DOI: 10.1007/S0031182000006491.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  52. Sturdee A.P., Bodley-Tickell A.T., Archer A., Chalmers R.M. 2003. Long-term study of Cryptosporidium prevalence on a lowland farm in the United Kingdom. Veterinary Parasitology, 116, 97–113. DOI: 10.1016/S0304-4017(03)00261-9.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  53. Taraschewski H. 2000. Host-Parasite interactions in Acanthocephala: a morphological approach. Advances in Parasitology, 46, 1–179. DOI: 10.1016/S0065-308X(00)46008-2.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  54. Torres J., Gracenea M., Gomez M.S., Arrizabalaga A., Gonzalez-Moreno O. 2000. The occurrence of Cryptosporidium parvum and C. muris in wild rodents and insectivores in Spain. Veterinary Parasitology, 92, 253–260. DOI: 10.1016/S0304-4017(00)00331-9.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  55. Torres J., Lapuente J., Eira C., Nadal J. 2004. Cadmium and lead concentrations in Gallegoides arfaai (Cestoda: Anoplocephalidae) and Apodemus sylvaticus (Rodentia: Muridae) from Spain. Parasitology Research, 94, 268–270. DOI: 10.1007/s00436-004-1232-3.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  56. Torres J., Peig J., Eira C., Borras M. 2006. Cadmium and lead concentrations in Skrjabinotaenia lobata (Cestoda: Catenotaeniidae) and in its host, Apodemus sylvaticus (Rodentia: Muridae) in the urban dumping site of Garraf (Spain). Environmental Pollution, 143, 1–5. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2005.11.012.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  57. Van Keulen H., Macechko P.T., Wade S., Schaaf S., Wallis P.M., Erlandsen S.L. 2002. Presence of human Giardia in domestic, farm and wild animals, and environmental samples suggests a zoonotic potential for giardiasis. Veterinary Parasitology, 108, 97–107. DOI: 10.1016/S0304-4017(02)00181-4.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  58. Waugh C.A., Lindo J.F., Foronda P., Santana M.A., Lorenzo-Morales J., Robinson R.D. 2006. Population distribution and zoonotic potential of gastrointestinal helminths of wild rats Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus from Jamaica. Journal of Parasitology, 92, 1014–1018. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1645/GE-795R1.1.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  59. Webster J.P., Macdonald D.W. 1995. Parasites of wild brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) on UK farms. Parasitology, 111, 247–255. DOI: 10.1017/S0031182000081804.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Versita Warsaw and Springer-Verlag Wien 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Feliu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mercedes López
    • 3
  • María S. Gómez
    • 1
  • Jordi Torres
    • 1
    • 2
  • Santiago Sánchez
    • 1
  • Jordi Miquel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Néstor Abreu-Acosta
    • 4
  • Juan M. Segovia
    • 1
  • Aarón Martín-Alonso
    • 2
  • Isabel Montoliu
    • 1
  • Mercedes Villa
    • 1
  • Ángela Fernández-Álvarez
    • 3
  • Abdoulaye J. S. Bakhoum
    • 1
    • 2
  • Basilio Valladares
    • 3
  • Jorge Orós
    • 5
  • Pilar Foronda
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Parasitology, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Institut de Recerca de la BiodiversitatUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.University Institute of Tropical Diseases and Public Health of the Canary IslandsUniversity of La LagunaLa Laguna, Tenerife, Canary IslandsSpain
  4. 4.Infulab S.L.Candelaria, TenerifeSpain
  5. 5.Department of Histology and PathologyVeterinary Faculty ULPGCArucas (Las Palmas), Canary IslandsSpain

Personalised recommendations