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First record of trypanosomes in Tasmanian bandicoots


Bettiol, SS and Jakes, KA and Le, DD and Goldsmid, JM and Hocking, G, First record of trypanosomes in Tasmanian bandicoots, Journal of Parasitology, 84, (3) pp. 538-541. ISSN 0022-3395 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2307/3284719


Trypanosomes were observed in 38% of blood smears from southern brown bandicoots (Isoodon obesulus) and in 10% of blood smears from eastern barred bandicoots (Perameles gunnii). This is the first record of such hemoparasites in Tasmanian marsupials. There appeared to be a statistically significant size difference between trypanosomes found in the 2 bandicoot species, suggesting the possibility of 2 distinct species of parasite. There appears to be a distinction between the trypanosomes found in our temperate Isoodon species and the tropical bandicoot, Isoodon macrurus. The use of the microhematocrit method provided an effective means for concentrating trypanosomes, whereas image analysis was a more effective method than the ocular micrometer for obtaining accurate measurements.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bettiol, SS (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
UTAS Author:Jakes, KA (Ms Jakes)
UTAS Author:Le, DD (Mr Daniel Dujen Le)
UTAS Author:Goldsmid, JM (Professor John Goldsmid)
ID Code:14637
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Pathology
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-09

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