Helminth Parasites of the Lace Monitor Varanus varius (Reptilia: Varanidae) in Eastern Australia.
Abstract:Six species of gastrointestinal nematode, one tissue-dwelling nematode and one species of cestode were recovered from 63 specimens of Varanus varius (White, ex Shaw), examined from throughout their range in eastern Australia. Abbreviata confusa (Johnston & Mawson, 1942) Chabaud, 1956 was the predominant species, occurring in 42.9% of lizards at a mean intensity of 20. A. antarctica (Linstow, 1899) Schulz, 1927 occurred in 9.8% of lizards, Raillietascaris varani (Baylis & Daubney, 1922) Sprent, 1985 in 11.5% and the cestode Kapsulotaenia tidswelli (Johnston, 1909) Freze, 1965 in 14.3% of hosts examined. Other nematode infections (Tanqua tiara (Blanchard, 1904), Strongyluris paronai (Stossich, 1902)) were with one or two specimens only. Infection with Piratuboides sp. (Mackerras, 1962) Bain & Sulahian, 1974 was confirmed from this host for the first time. This parasite fauna is discussed in relation to the geographical environment and ecology of the host.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2007
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