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Title: First report of Filaria martis Gmelin, 1790 in the European mink, Mustela lutreola (Linnaeus, 1761)
Author: Torres Martínez, Jordi
Miquel Colomé, Jordi
Fournier-Chambrillon, Christine
André, Adrien
Urra Maya, Fermín
Giralda Carrera, Gloria
Fournier, Pascal
Keywords: Visons
Animals en perill d'extinció
Protecció ambiental
Rare animals
Environmental protection
Veterinary medicine
Issue Date: 23-Mar-2016
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Abstract: The riparian European mink (Mustela lutreola), currently surviving in only three unconnected sites in Europe, is now listed as a critically endangered species according to the IUCN. Habitat loss and degradation, anthropic mortality, interaction with the feral American mink (Neovison vison), and infectious diseases are among the principal causes of its decline. Surveys of helminth parasites of this host that also include focus on subcutaneous potentially pathogenic helminths such as those belonging to the genus Filaria are very scarce. We report here the presence of specimens of Filaria martis in the subcutaneous connective tissues of three M. lutreola individuals from Spain. This is the first finding of a subcutaneous nematode in a representative of the genus Mustela. The report also enlarges the known range of the definitive hosts of this nematode. These worms were mainly located in the dorsal region of mink and more rarely in the knees, elbows, and hips. Skin sloughing was only observed in one M. lutreola with both septicaemia and an associated high burden of F. martis. Therefore, more attention should be paid to potentially pathogenic helminths when designing conservation programs dedicated to M. lutreola.
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It is part of: Parasitology Research, 2016, vol. 115, num. 6, p. 2499-2503
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ISSN: 0932-0113
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