Parasites of the mink frog (Rana septentrionalis) from Minnesota, U.S.A.

Comparative Parasitology
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Twenty-two mink frogs, Rana septentrionalis, collected from two locations in Minnesota, United States, were examined for helminth and protozoan blood parasites in July 1999. A total of 16 parasite taxa were recovered including 5 larval digenean trematodes, 7 adult digenean trematodes, 3 nematodes, and 1 Trypanosoma species. Infracommunities were dominated by the digeneans in terms of richness and abundance. In particular, echinostomatid metacercariae in the kidneys of frogs were the most common parasites found, infecting 100% of the frogs and consisting of about 90% of all helminth individuals recovered. Gorgodera amplicavaGorgoderina multilobataHaematoloechus parviplexusHaematoloechus breviplexusCosmocercoides dukae, and Oswaldocruzia pipiens represent new host records. The survey presented here represents the second known helminth survey of mink frogs conducted in North America. A summary of metazoan parasites reported from mink frogs is included.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Parasites of the mink frog (Rana septentrionalis) from Minnesota, U.S.A.
Series title Comparative Parasitology
DOI 10.1654/4353.1
Volume 76
Issue 2
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher Helminthological Society of Washington
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 7 p.
First page 240
Last page 246
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Stearns County, Todd county
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