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A comparison of the helminth parasites of the common gallinule (Gallinula chloropus cachinnans) and the purple gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) in Florida

A comparison of the helminth parasites of the common gallinule (Gallinula chloropus cachinnans) and the purple gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) in Florida

American Midland Naturalist 89(2): 467-473

ISSN/ISBN: 0003-0031

DOI: 10.2307/2424053

Fifty-six Gallinula chloropus cachinnans and 52 Porphyrula martinica from 7 localities in Florida, USA, were examined for helminths. 8 trematode, one cestode, 12 nematode and 2 acanthocephalan species were found: 6 trematode, one cestode and 5 nematode species occurred in both hosts. P. martinica had a lower level of parasitism than G. chloropus cachinnans, with a larger number of helminth-free hosts, a lower number of multiple infections and a smaller number of worms per infected host.

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