Internal helminth parasites of the lesser prairie-chicken Tympanuchus pallidicinctus in southwestern Kansas: incidence, burden, and effects Public Deposited

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  • We conducted a 3-year study of helminth parasites to assess their effect on the lesser prairie-chicken Tympanuchus pallidicinctus. Helminth parasites were found in most of the examined wild prairie chicken carcasses: 95% had eye worm Oxyspirura petrowi, 92% had stomach worm Tetrameres sp., and 59% had caecal worm Subulura sp. Few parasite burdens or incidences of infection were related to prairie chicken body mass, gender, age or season of collection. Droppings from transmitter-equipped prairie chickens were examined for parasite eggs and the data were used to determine which free-ranging prairie chickens harboured parasites. Telemetry data from 46 heavily parasitized and 52 lightly parasitized or parasite-free prairie chickens indicated no difference between mean daily movements, monthly home ranges, clutch sizes, nest success or survival. No adverse impacts were evident in the lesser prairie-chicken population from the incidences or burdens of the helminth parasites found in our study.
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  • Robel, R. J., Walker Jr, T. L., Hagen, C. A., Ridley, R. K., Kemp, K. E., & Applegate, R. D. (2003). Helminth parasites of lesser prairie-chicken Tympanuchus pallidicinctus in southwestern Kansas: Incidence, burdens and effects. Wildlife Biology, 9(4), 341-349.
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