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Beetle Intermediate Hosts for Swine Spirurids in Southern Georgia
G. Truman Fincher, T. Bonner Stewart and Robert Davis
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 55, No. 2 (Apr., 1969), pp. 355-358
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3277410
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Phanaeus vindex is the dung beetle most commonly found infected with third-stage larvae of Physocephalus sexalatus, a spirurid stomach worm of swine. During early spring, 1967, the infection rate for both sexes of P. vindex was 50 to 65% but the average for the spring and summer was 39.2% for the female P. vindex and 30.2% for the male. Other parasitic nematodes recovered from dung beetles were Ascarops strongylina, Gongylonema pulchrum, an unidentified Gongylonema species and one unidentified species of Physaloptera. New species records for beetles that can serve as intermediate hosts for Physocephalus sexalatus, Ascarops strongylina, and Gongylonema pulchrum are given.
The Journal of Parasitology © 1969 The American Society of Parasitologists