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Long-term spatiotemporal stability and dynamic changes in helminth infracommunities of spiny mice (Acomys dimidiatus) in St. Katherine’s Protectorate, Sinai, Egypt

Behnke, Jerzy M.; Bajer, Anna; Behnke-Borowczyk, Jolanta; Clisham, Natalie; Gilbert, Francis; Glover, Aimee; Jeffrey, Laura; Kirk, Jonathan; Mierzejewska, Ewa J.; Mills, Simon C.; Mohallal, Eman M.E.; Padget, Oliver; Wainer, Ralph; Zalat, Samy

Authors

Jerzy M. Behnke

Anna Bajer

Jolanta Behnke-Borowczyk

Natalie Clisham

Aimee Glover

Laura Jeffrey

Jonathan Kirk

Ewa J. Mierzejewska

Simon C. Mills

Eman M.E. Mohallal

Oliver Padget

Ralph Wainer

Samy Zalat



Abstract

The importance of parasites as a selective force in host evolution is a topic of current interest. However, short-term ecological studies of host-parasite systems, on which such studies are usually based, provide only snap-shots of what may be dynamic systems. We report here on four surveys, carried out over a period of 12 years, of helminths of spiny mice (Acomys dimidiatus), the numerically dominant rodents inhabiting the dry montane wadis in the Sinai Peninsula. With host age (age-dependent effects on prevalence and abundance were prominent) and sex (female bias in abundance in helminth diversity and in several taxa including Cestoda) taken into consideration, we focus on the relative importance of temporal and spatial effects on helminth infracommunities. We show that site of capture is the major determinant of prevalence and abundance of species (and higher taxa) contributing to helminth community structure, the only exceptions being Streptopharaus spp. and Dentostomella kuntzi. We provide evidence that most (notably the Spiruroidea, Protospirura muricola, Mastophorus muris and Gongylonema aegypti, but with exceptions among the Oxyuroidae e.g. Syphacia minuta), show elements of temporal-site stability, with rank order of measures among sites remaining similar over successive surveys and hence some elements of predictability in these systems.

Citation

Behnke, J. M., Bajer, A., Behnke-Borowczyk, J., Clisham, N., Gilbert, F., Glover, A., …Zalat, S. (in press). Long-term spatiotemporal stability and dynamic changes in helminth infracommunities of spiny mice (Acomys dimidiatus) in St. Katherine’s Protectorate, Sinai, Egypt. Parasitology, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182018000987

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 14, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 20, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 11, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 11, 2018
Journal Parasitology
Print ISSN 0031-1820
Electronic ISSN 0031-1820
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182018000987
Keywords helminth infracommunities, spiny mice, Acomys dimidiatus, helminths,nematodes, cestodes, site-specific parasite variation
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52894
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/parasitology/article/longterm-spatiotemporal-stability-and-dynamic-changes-in-helminth-infracommunities-of-spiny-mice-acomys-dimidiatus-in-st-katherines-protectorate-sinai-egypt/97C47747D8D234EB04DAFB64727C1FA5
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