A Checklist of Host-Parasite Interactions of the Order Crocodylia

A Checklist of Host-Parasite Interactions of the Order Crocodylia

by Marisa Tellez


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Records of parasitism in crocodilians date back to the early 1800s, distributed among various types of published and unpublished materials. Analyzing parasite-host specificity, geographic distribution, and taxonomy can provide otherwise cryptic details about crocodilian ecology and evolution, as well as their local food web dynamics. This information is critical for improved conservation tactics for both crocodilians and their habitat.

As climate change, anthropogenic conflict, and environmental pollution endanger crocodilian ecosystems, there is a need for organized information on crocodile, alligator, caiman, and gharial infectious diseases. This volume meets this need by delivering the first checklist of crocodilians and their parasites for researchers and scholars in biology, herpetology, and ecology in order to further the knowledge and study of crocodilian-parasite dynamics and improve our understanding of human impacts on ecosystems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520098893
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: UC Publications in Zoology Series , #136
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marisa Tellez is a PhD Candidate Student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at UCLA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abstract x


Material and Methods

Background Information 3

Sources of Documentation 4

Taxonomic Clarification of Hosts and Parasites 6

Use of the Database 6

Interpreting Crocodilian-Parasite Database 6

Crocodilian-Parasite Database

Family Alligatoridae 8

Alligator mississippiensis 8

Alligator sinensis 25

Caiman crocodilus apaporiensis 26

Caiman crocodilus chiapsius 27

Caiman crocodilus crocodilus 28

Caiman crocodilus fuscus 46

Caiman latirostris 50

Caiman yacare 54

Melanosuchus niger 64

Paleosuchus palpebrosus 71

Paleosuchus trigonatas 14

Family Crocodylidae 77

Crocodylus acutus 11

Crocodylus intermedins 85

Crocodylus johnstoni 87

Crocodylus mindorensis 93

Crocodylus moreletii 94

Crocodylus niloticus 99

Crocodylus novaeginneae 114

Crocodylus palnstris 119

Crocodylus porosus 123

Crocodylus rhombifer 136

Crocodylus siamensis 139

Mecistops cataphractus 142

Osteolaetmts tetraspis 148

Osteolaemus tetraspis osborni 153

Osteolaeums tetraspis tetraspis 155

Tomistoma schlegelii 156

Family Gavialidae 157

Gavialis gangeticus 157

Unknown Crocodilian Species 164

Parasite-Crocodilian Database 180

Proteobacteria 180

Sacromastigophora 181

Heterokontophyta 184

Apicomplexa 185

Myxozoa 193

Platyhelminthes 194

Rotifera 241

Acanthocephala 242

Annelida 244

Nematoda 247

Arthropoda 283

Host Specificity 305

Conclusion 308

Literature Cited 309

Appendix 353

Addendum 375

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