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Using parasitic load to measure the effect of anthropogenic disturbance on vervet monkeys

Thatcher, H, Downs, C and Koyama, NF (2018) Using parasitic load to measure the effect of anthropogenic disturbance on vervet monkeys. EcoHealth, 15 (3). pp. 676-681. ISSN 1612-9202

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Abstract

Vervet monkeys, Chlorocebus pygerythrus, thrive in urban areas of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and present a suitable model to assess parasitic load as a measure of anthropogenic disturbance, such as urbanization. We collected vervet monkey faecal samples from four study sites representing a gradient of land-use and urbanization. We assessed faecal parasites using the faecal flotation method calculating eggs per gram and parasite richness. Overall, the more urban vervet monkey populations had a significantly higher parasite richness and abundance. Our study shows the applicability of using parasite load to measure the effect of urbanization on wildlife.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0707 Veterinary Sciences, 1117 Public Health And Health Services, 0602 Ecology
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2018 08:18
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2019 09:49
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8930

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