Gastrointestinal parasites of two populations of Arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) from north-east Greenland

  • Pipaluk Nynne Skamris Andreassen Section for Bacteriology, Pathology and Parasitology, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksberg C
  • Niels Martin Schmidt Department of Bioscience, Arctic Research Centre, Aarhus University, Roskilde
  • Christian Moliin Outzen Kapel Department of Plants and the Environment, Faculty of Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg C
  • Martin Ulrich Christensen Department of Plants and the Environment, Faculty of Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg C
  • Benoît Sittler Institute of Applied Conservation, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, and Arctic Ecology Research Group, Francheville, France
  • Olivier Gilg Arctic Ecology Research Group, Francheville, and Laboratoire Biogeosciences, Biogeosciences, The Joint Research Units, The National Centre for Scientific Research, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France
  • Heidi Larsen Enemarka Section for Bacteriology, Pathology and Parasitology, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksberg C
  • Mohammad Nafi Solaiman Al-Sabi Section for Bacteriology, Pathology and Parasitology, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksberg C
Keywords: Arctic parasites; coprological examination; Taenia; Toxascaris leonina; Eucoleus boehmi; faecal analysis

Abstract

Parasitological examination of 275 faecal samples from Arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) collected at Zackenberg Valley and Karupelv Valley in north-east Greenland from 2006 to 2008 was conducted using sieving and microscopy. Overall, 125 (45.5%) samples contained parasite eggs of Taenia crassiceps, Taenia serialis, Toxascaris leonina, Eucoleus boehmi, Physalopteridae and Ancylostomatidae, and Strongyloides-like larvae. As long-term ecological studies are conducted at both sampling locations, the present findings constitute a baseline data set for further parasitological monitoring.

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Published
2017-08-16
How to Cite
Skamris Andreassen, P. N., Schmidt, N. M., Outzen Kapel, C., Christensen, M., Sittler, B., Gilg, O., Enemarka, H., & Solaiman Al-Sabi, M. (2017). Gastrointestinal parasites of two populations of Arctic foxes (<em>Vulpes lagopus</em&gt;) from north-east Greenland. Polar Research, 36((sup1). Retrieved from https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/2704