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Parasitic Helminths of Black Bear Cubs (Ursus americanus) from Florida

Garry W. Foster, Mark W. Cunningham, John M. Kinsella and Donald J. Forrester
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 90, No. 1 (Feb., 2004), pp. 173-175
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3286146
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Parasitic Helminths of Black Bear Cubs (Ursus americanus) from Florida
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Abstract

Twenty-two Florida black bear (Ursus americanus floridanus) cubs (≤12 mo old) from Florida were examined for endoparasites between 1998 and 2003. Eleven species of helminths were found (8 nematodes, 2 trematodes, and 1 acanthocephalan). The most prevalent helminths were Ancylostoma caninum (64%), Macracanthorhynchus ingens (36%), Strongyloides sp. (27%), Baylisascaris transfuga (23%), and A. tubaeforme (14%). New host records include A. tubaeforme and Brachylaima virginianum. This is the first report of B. transfuga in black bears from Florida.

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