Helminth infracommunities in Litoria genimaculata (Amphibia: Anura) from Birthday Creek, an upland rainforest stream in the northern Queensland, Australia

Diane P. Barton, Stephen J. Richards

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Abstract

The helminth fauna of Litoria genimaculata, a rainforest frog from northern Queensland, was quantified from 53 adult male frogs collected at monthly intervals between April 1990 and March 1991. The helminth fauna of this species was depauperate (6 species: Mesocoelium sp., Parapolystoma bulliense, Austraplectana sp., Onchocercidae gen. sp., Cosmocerca sp. and an unidentified nematode larva). The most commonly encountered species was P. bulliense, but the intestinal infracommunity was dominated by the digenean Mesocoelium sp. Fifty-five per cent of frogs were infected with only 1 helminth species and only 1 frog had more than 2 species, resulting in low diversity values. These results support previous studies which indicate that amphibians have depauperate helminth communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1381-1385
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology
Volume26
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes

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