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The diversity, distribution and host-parasite associations of trypanosomes in Western Australian wildlife

Averis, S., Thompson, R.C.A., Lymbery, A.J., Wayne, A.F., Morris, K.D. and Smith, A. (2009) The diversity, distribution and host-parasite associations of trypanosomes in Western Australian wildlife. Parasitology, 136 (11). pp. 1269-1279.

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    Abstract

    Little is known regarding the diversity, distribution or host-parasite associations of Trypanosoma spp. in Australian wildlife. Here we report on an investigation based on divergence of the 18S rRNA gene of trypanosomes isolated from a range of hosts and varied geographical locations. A total of 371 individuals representing 19 species of native animals from 14 different locations were screened. In total, 32 individuals from 9 different species tested positive for the parasite. Phylogenetic analysis revealed considerable parasite diversity with no clear geographical distribution and no evidence of host specificity. In general, it appears that Australian Trypanosoma spp. are widespread, with several genotypes appearing in multiple host species and in varied locations including both mainland areas and offshore islands. Some host species were found to be susceptible to multiple genotypes, but no individuals were infected with more than a single isolate.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Copyright: © 2009 Cambridge University Press
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/2108
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