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Sarcocystis mucosa in Bennetts wallabies and pademelons from Tasmania


Jakes, KA, Sarcocystis mucosa in Bennetts wallabies and pademelons from Tasmania, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 34, (3) pp. 594-599. ISSN 0090-3558 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.7589/0090-3558-34.3.594


Macroscopic gastrointestinal sarcocysts were detected in 36 of 270 (13%) Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii) and 47 of 292 (16%) Bennetts wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) from January 1995 to March 1996 at onshore and offshore study sites in Tasmania (Australia). The sarcocysts were characterized using light and electron microscopy. The ultrastructure of the primary cyst wall was consistent with that of Sarcocystis mucosa, an apicomplexan parasite commonly found in macropodid marsupials. Although conventional statistical tests were not applied to data, there were apparent differences in the prevalence of infection in macropodid marsupials inhabiting onshore (19%) versus offshore (0%) sites. These differences were attributed to the presence or absence of medium-sized dasyurid marsupials. The results of this study provide strong circumstantial evidence that these dasyurid marsupials are the probable definitive hosts for S. mucosa in free-ranging Tasmanian macropodids. © Wildlife Disease Association 1998.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jakes, KA (Ms Jakes)
ID Code:13226
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-08

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