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Author(s): Murai, É.
Title: Review of tapeworms (Cestodes) of rodents of the genus Apodemus in Hungary
Title: A magyarországi Apodemus-fajokban élősködő galandférgekről (Cestodes)
Year: 1972
Volume: 5
Pages: 47-82.

Abstract: The author investigated the infection by internal parasites, namely by cestods, of 702 host specimens belonging to the genus Apodemus (553 A. flavicollis, 121 A. sylvaticus, and 28 A. agrarius exemplars) in Hungary. The regular occurrence of 7 species was observed in the home fauna (Table 1). Two further, not wholly identifiable Hymenolepis species (Fig. 5, 6) are also published; they were collected from the small intestine of A. flavicollis, and they are herein discussed as bird parasites able to develop accidentally also in rodents. Of the observed species, five parasitise in the adult stage, and four as larvae in Apodemus. Following a detailed discussion of the species, data of the distribution and intensity of the infection are tabulated in Tables 2-4. The species Skrjabinotaeniai lobata (Baer, 1925) and Cladotaenia globifera (Batsch, 1786) are shown for the first time from Hungary. The species Taeniai martis (Zeder, 1803) and the Tetrathyridium larvae, probably representing Mesocestoides lineatus (Goeze, 1782), are also treated for the first time from Hungary. Of the species regularly occurring in the adult stage in Apodemus species, S. lobata and H. diminuta can be found in the entire country, while H. muris-sylvatici is a montane species inhabiting wet and cold valleys. The general distribution of the four species parasitizing as larvae the Apodemus species is a new corroborative fact of the silvicolous raptors feeding regularly on rodents (T. martis, C. globifera, H. taeniaeformis, and Tetrathyridium sp.?). Also the adult exemplars of these species are frequent in the fauna of Hungary; their life cycle is connected with raptorial mammals and (one species) with birds of prey. The cestode infection of the A. flavicollis populations inhabiting the montane and colline oak-mixed forests was investigated, also seasonally (Table 5, Fig. 10), on the basis of cestods obtained from 429 dissected mice. The decrease of specific and individual numbers from spring till autumn seems to be established; however, an examination of the wet montane habitats in the autumn - hitherto not undertaken - may eventually alter this picture. Comparing the cestode fauna of Apodemus species in Hungary with the results of similar publications in the neighbouring countries, the author points out the striking absence of some species in the material with the remark that they may still be detected in the future.

Journal: Parasitologia Hungarica
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ISSN: 0303-688X
Publisher: Népművelési Propaganda Iroda, Budapest
Editor(s): Holló, F., Harsányi, L., K. Murai, É., Thoma, A. & Nemes, I.