A preliminary investigation into the endoparasite load of the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Haigh, Amy
dc.contributor.author O'Keeffe, Joanne
dc.contributor.author O'Riordan, Ruth M.
dc.contributor.author Butler, Fidelma
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-28T14:25:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-28T14:25:15Z
dc.date.issued 2013-05-16
dc.identifier.citation Haigh, A., O'Keeffe, J., O'Riordan, R. M. and Butler, F. (2014) "A preliminary investigation into the endoparasite load of the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) in Ireland", Mammalia, 78(1), pp. 103-107. doi: 10.1515/mammalia-2013-0032 en
dc.identifier.volume 78 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 103 en
dc.identifier.endpage 107 en
dc.identifier.issn 0025-1461
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2492
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2013-0032
dc.description.abstract The European hedgehog is strictly protected in the Republic of Ireland but has been little studied. Carcasses, such as road kill casualties, can provide valuable information on population demographics, parasite load and general body condition. This study aimed to examine the species of endoparasites present in hedgehogs, their prevalence and intensities and whether differences occurred depending on the age and sex of the hedgehog. Carcasses were collected and examined from around Ireland, over a 3-year period. In 21 of the 23 hedgehogs examined, endoparasites were identified. The nematode species, Crenosoma triatum and Capillaria erinacei were both positively identified. C. striatium was confined to the lungs, whereas C. erinacei was the most prevalent (87%) endoparasite and occurred in the stomach and intestines. There was a significantly higher load of Crenosoma striatum observed in male hedgehogs compared to females, but no significant difference was observed in the intensity of C. erinacei between the sexes. In all tissues, a greater mean endoparasite load was observed in male hedgehogs. Sex differences in exposure or immunity to parasitism could be related to the males’ larger home range and the effects of oestrogen levels on immunity. en
dc.description.sponsorship Thomas Crawford Hayes Trust, National University of Ireland Galway (PhD Scholarship) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH en
dc.rights © 2013, Walter de Gruyter GmbH. en
dc.subject Capillaria erinacei en
dc.subject Crenosoma striatum en
dc.subject Erinaceus europaeus en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Prevalence en
dc.title A preliminary investigation into the endoparasite load of the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) in Ireland en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Amy Haigh, Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: ahaigh@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2014-06-17T00:02:18Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Mammalia en
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