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1 July 2009 Parasites of the Mink Frog (Rana septentrionalis) from Minnesota, U.S.A
Anna M. Schotthoefer, Matthew G. Bolek, Rebecca A. Cole, Val R. Beasley
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Twenty-two mink frogs, Rana septentrionalis, collected from two locations in Minnesota, United States, were examined for helminth and protozoan blood parasites in July 1999. A total of 16 parasite taxa were recovered including 5 larval digenean trematodes, 7 adult digenean trematodes, 3 nematodes, and 1 Trypanosoma species. Infracommunities were dominated by the digeneans in terms of richness and abundance. In particular, echinostomatid metacercariae in the kidneys of frogs were the most common parasites found, infecting 100% of the frogs and consisting of about 90% of all helminth individuals recovered. Gorgodera amplicava, Gorgoderina multilobata, Haematoloechus parviplexus, Haematoloechus breviplexus, Cosmocercoides dukae, and Oswaldocruzia pipiens represent new host records. The survey presented here represents the second known helminth survey of mink frogs conducted in North America. A summary of metazoan parasites reported from mink frogs is included.

Anna M. Schotthoefer, Matthew G. Bolek, Rebecca A. Cole, and Val R. Beasley "Parasites of the Mink Frog (Rana septentrionalis) from Minnesota, U.S.A," Comparative Parasitology 76(2), 240-246, (1 July 2009). https://doi.org/10.1654/4353.1
Published: 1 July 2009
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