Comparison of parasitic infections and body condition in rufous mouse lemurs (Microcebus rufus) at Ranomafana National Park, southeast Madagascar

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Rafalinirina , H A , Aivelo , T J E , Chapple Wright , P & Randrianasy , J 2015 , ' Comparison of parasitic infections and body condition in rufous mouse lemurs (Microcebus rufus) at Ranomafana National Park, southeast Madagascar ' , Madagascar conservation & development , vol. 10 , no. 2 , pp. 60-66 . https://doi.org/10.4314/mcd.v10i2.4

Title: Comparison of parasitic infections and body condition in rufous mouse lemurs (Microcebus rufus) at Ranomafana National Park, southeast Madagascar
Author: Rafalinirina, Herman Andry; Aivelo, Tuomas Juho Eero; Chapple Wright, Patricia; Randrianasy, Jeannot
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Institute of Biotechnology
Date: 2015
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Madagascar conservation & development
ISSN: 1662-2510
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/159553
Abstract: Body condition may be an important indicator for many infectious diseases and parasites, and may ultimately affect an individual’s fitness. Although some research has correlated body condition and parasite loads in other nonhuman primates, little information has been investigated in prosimian primates. In this study we compare parasitic infections and body condition in a member of the Cheirogaleidae family (Microcebus rufus: rufous mouse lemur) at Ranomafana National Park, southeast Madagascar. This species is characterized by seasonal fattening in preparation for the dry season followed by torpor, and it is important to understand the fluctuation between parasites and infections according to seasonal body condition. We trapped 72 individuals of the species inside Ranomafana National Park (RNP) after the dry season. These individuals were brought to the Centre Valbio Laboratory (CVB) and were subcutaneously micro-chipped with subdermal transponders for permanent identification. We recorded morphometric data, body condition, species richness and prevalence of ectoparasites and gastrointestinal parasites. We found that individuals that had both high number of parasite species as well as high prevalence of ectoparasites and gastrointestinal parasites had better body condition. There is some indication that being in good condition is important in controlling infections.
Subject: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
parasitologia
kädellistutkimus
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