Norops carpenteri (NCN). Endoparasites

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Nematodes are known as endoparasites of several species of anoles (e.g. Bursey et al. 2003. J. Parasitol. 89:118–123; Dobson et al. 1992.Oecologia 91:110–117; Goldberg and Bursey 2004. Herpetol.Rev. 35:269). Herein, I report a case of nematode infestation in Norops carpenteri. In the Reserva Biológica Hitoy Cerere (Costa Rica, Limón Province, 9.667°N, 83.033°W, ca. 250 m elev.) on 25 August 2005, I encountered a male N. carpenteri on the forest floor. The anole was hardly moving and at closer examination I noticed that it was heavily infested with nematodes, apparently ascaridids. The body loop of one nematode protruded from the anole’s cloaca and while I carefully handled the anole, several nematodes emerged (Fig. 1). This is the first report on endoparasites in Norops carpenteri.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-83
Number of pages1
JournalHerpetological Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

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