Experimental manipulation reveals few subclinical impacts of a parasite community in juvenile kangaroos.
Jemma Cripps, Ian Beveridge, Richard Ploeg, Graeme Coulson
International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife | Published : 2014
Large mammalian herbivores are commonly infected with gastrointestinal helminths. In many host species, these helminths cause clinical disease and may trigger conspicuous mortality events. However, they may also have subclinical impacts, reducing fitness as well as causing complex changes to host growth patterns and body condition. Theoretically, juveniles should experience significantly greater costs from parasites, being immunologically naive and undergoing a significant growth phase. The aims of our study were to quantify the subclinical effects of helminths in juvenile eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), which commonly harbour large burdens of gastrointestinal nematodes and are ..View full abstract