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Journal Article (Refereed)
August 2015

Rodentolepis straminea (Cestoda: Hymenolepidae) in an urban population of Apodemus sylvaticus in the UK

Rushworth, R & Boufana, B & Mastin, A & Birtles, R & Craig, P & Rogan, M 2015, 'Rodentolepis straminea (Cestoda: Hymenolepidae) in an urban population of Apodemus sylvaticus in the UK', journal of Helminthology.

Abstract

The presence of the cyclophyllidean cestode Rodentolepis straminea (Cestoda:
Hymenolepididae), was confirmed by molecular DNA analysis from a wood
mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) population inhabiting urban woodland in Salford,
Greater Manchester (UK) with a prevalence of 27.8%. It would appear that the
only previously published record of this species in A. sylvaticus in the British Isles
is that from south-west Ireland, where 24% of the wood mice examined were
infected with R. straminea. This species has been recorded in studies on
A. sylvaticus in continental Europe. The current report represents a new record
for R. straminea on mainland Britain and a first study of helminth parasites in an
urban wood mouse population.

Authors

SEEK Members

External Authors

Belgees Boufana

Rebecca Rushworth

Richard Birtles

Philip Craig

Publication Details

Journal Name
journal of Helminthology