Temporal and between-site variation in helminth communities of bank voles (Myodes glareolus) from N.E. Poland. 1. Regional fauna and component community levels

Behnke, Jerzy M. and Bajer, Anna and Harris, Philip D. and Newington, L. and Pidgeon, E. and Rowlands, G. and Sheriff, C. and Kulis-Malkowska, K. and Sinski, Edward and Gilbert, Francis and Barnard, C.J. (2008) Temporal and between-site variation in helminth communities of bank voles (Myodes glareolus) from N.E. Poland. 1. Regional fauna and component community levels. Parasitology, 135 (8). pp. 985-997. ISSN 0031-1820

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Abstract

Helminth infections were studied in bank voles (Myodes glareolus) from 3 woodland sites in N.E. Poland in the late summers of 1999 and 2002, to assess the temporal stability of derived statistics describing the regional helminth fauna and component community structure, and spatial influence on the latter. Regional helminth fauna changed dramatically between the two years, primarily due to a fall in the abundance of Syphacia petrusewiczi but was partially compensated for by an increase in Mesocestoides lineatus and Cladotaenia globifera. It was dominated by nematodes overall, but more so in 1999 than in 2002 when larval cestodes were more frequent. Most derived parameters for component community structure varied considerably between sites and the two surveys, the hierarchical order for sites not being maintained between surveys. They were susceptible to the disproportionate influence of three relatively rare, unpredictable species with the greatest overall aggregated distribution among hosts. Jaccard’s similarity index was less influenced by the rare species, showing greater stability between sites and across years. In conclusion, temporal variation confounded any site-specific characteristics of the summary measures quantified in this study and their usefulness is therefore restricted to the years in which the surveys were conducted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Cambridge University Press
Keywords: Helminths, Bank Vole, Myodes Glareolus, Clethrionomys, Regional Helminth Fauna, Component Communities, Site-Specific Variation
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182008004393
Depositing User: Behnke, Professor Jerzy M.
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 07:48
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 11:41
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29427

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