Seventy-four red-bellied woodpeckers (Melanerpes carolinus) from the Apalachicola National Forest (30°10′N, 84°40′W) in northwest Florida were examined for helminths. The most prevalent parasites were the nematode Aproctella stoddardi (11%) and the acanthocephalan Mediorhynchus centurorum (11%). New host records include Pseudaprocta samueli, A. stoddardi, Tridentocapillaria tridens, Diplotriaena americana, Dispharynx nasuta, Procyrnea pileata, Orthoskrjabinia rostellata, and Brachylaima fuscatum. The helminth fauna was characterized by low prevalences and intensities of infection and low numbers of species per bird (1.2). The frequency of prescribed burning and habitat understory flora composition did not influence the prevalences or intensities of helminths in red-bellied woodpeckers collected from 2 similar but differently managed sites within the forest.
PARASITIC HELMINTHS OF RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS (MELANERPES CAROLINUS) FROM THE APALACHICOLA NATIONAL FOREST IN FLORIDA
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Garry W. Foster, John M. Kinsella, Eric L. Walters, Matthew S. Schrader, Donald J. Forrester; PARASITIC HELMINTHS OF RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS (MELANERPES CAROLINUS) FROM THE APALACHICOLA NATIONAL FOREST IN FLORIDA. J Parasitol 1 December 2002; 88 (6): 1140–1142. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2002)088[1140:PHORBW]2.0.CO;2
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