Introduced animals and their parasites: The cane toad, Bufo marinus, in Australia

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The impact of introducing animals into an established ecosystem can be directly observed through predator-prey and competition interactions. The impact of animals via more obscure relationships, such as the host-parasite relationship, are generally not considered. The cane toad Bufo marinus (Linnaeus) was introduced to Australia in 1935. Despite intensive research into many aspects of the biology of the toad, there has been no systematic survey of the parasite fauna of B. marinus in Australia. It is unknown exactly what parasites the toad may have introduced to Australia and also the range of parasites that may have adapted to the toad from native fauna since its introduction. The provisional conclusion from this review is that all the helminth parasites so far recorded from B. marinus in Australia have been acquired from local hosts. The interaction of toads and nativa fauna via their parasites remains unknown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-324
Number of pages9
JournalAustral Ecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes


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