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A Survey of Parasites of Coyotes (Canis latrans) in New York Based on Fecal Analysis

TitleA Survey of Parasites of Coyotes (Canis latrans) in New York Based on Fecal Analysis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsGompper, ME, Goodman, RM, Kays, RW, Ray, JC, Fiorello, CV, Wade., SE
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume39
Pagination712-717
KeywordsCanis latrans, Coyotes, New York, Parasites, survey
Abstract

Coyotes (Canis latrans) have colonized northeastern North America only within the past 10–80 yr. We examined feces of coyotes in 2000–01 at three sites in New York (USA) to survey parasites in the region. Two cestodes, nine nematodes, five protozoa, one trematode, and two arthropods were identified from 145 coyote fecal samples. Parasite component community diversity was higher (n=16 species) in southern New York than in middle and northern sites (nine species each) and infracommunity species richness was greater in southern New York than at the other sites. These differences may reflect the variable diets of coyotes, as well as recent colonization of the region and the mixing of component communities from expanding coyote populations.

URLhttp://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.7589/0090-3558-39.3.712
DOI10.7589/0090-3558-39.3.712