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Helminthologia

, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp 281–287 | Cite as

The helminth community of the Iberian hare, Lepus granatensis (Lagomorpha: Leporidae), in the province of Granada, Spain

  • J. M. Segovia
  • T. Vila
  • J. M. Vargas
  • M. V. FuentesEmail author
  • C. Feliu
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Summary

The helminth community of the Iberian hare, Lepus granatensis, in the southern Spanish province of Granada was analysed, thorough the study of 487 individuals shot by hunters between November 1998 and October 1999. Six helminth species were found: Mosgovoyia pectinata (Cestoda); Trichostrongylus retortaeformis, Nematodiroides zembrae, Nematodirus sp., Passalurus ambiguus and Micipsella numidica (Nematoda). N. zembrae and M. pectinata (62.4 % and 17.2 %, respectively) were the only component species found. The predominance of helminth species with a direct life cycle is noteworthy. These two component species were significantly influenced by season of capture. Other factors, such as host age and municipality of capture, influenced the prevalences and/or abundances of the component species, while host sex did not exert any important role. These variations, determined by extrinsic and/or intrinsic factors, in the helminth community could be related to the ecology of the Iberian hare, mainly diet, habitat and behaviour.

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Helminth community Iberian hare Lepus granatensis Granada Spain 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Segovia
    • 1
  • T. Vila
    • 1
  • J. M. Vargas
    • 2
  • M. V. Fuentes
    • 3
    Email author
  • C. Feliu
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratori de Parasitologia, Facultat de FarmàciaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Biología AnimalUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain
  3. 3.Departament de Biologia Cel·lular i Parasitologia, Facultat de FamàciaUniversitat de ValènciaBurjassot, ValènciaSpain
  4. 4.IRBIO, Institut de Recerca de la BiodiversitatUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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