Amphibia-Reptilia 30 (2009): 493-503 Parasitic infracommunities of the Aegean wall lizard Podarcis erhardii (Lacertidae, Sauria): isolation and impoverishment in small island populations V. Roca 1,* , J. Foufopoulos 2 , E. Valakos 3 , P. Pafilis 2,4 Abstract. The Aegean wall lizard Podarcis erhardii , is widely distributed across the islands of the Aegean Sea (Greece). While there exists a relatively substantial body of knowledge on the ecology and life history of the species, the parasite communities of the taxon remain almost completely unknown. Quantifying the composition of these communities in P. erhardii is not only important for autoecological reasons, but also because inter-island comparisons of this lizard’s parasite communities can shed light on the factors that structure parasite diversity in general. Here we investigate the gastrointestinal parasite communities of P. erhardii populations occurring on 16 landbridge islands of the Sporades group in the NW Aegean Sea by examining the gastrointestinal tracts of 113 lizards. In all, 8 species of helminths were found: 1 Trematode ( Paradistomum mutabile ), 1 Cestode ( Oochoristica sp.) and 6 Nematodes ( Parapharyngodon micipsae , Parapharyngodon bulbosus , Parapharyngodon echinatus , Spauligodon sp., Abbreviata sp., and Skrjabinelazia sp.). The prevalence, mean intensity,
Amphibia-Reptilia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: HELMINTH COMMUNITIES; LIZARDS; LACERTIDS; GREECE; AEGEAN SEA
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