Beyond the raccoon roundworm: The natural history of non-raccoon Baylisascaris species in the New World.
- Sarah G H Sapp,
- Pooja Gupta,
- Melissa K Martin,
- Maureen H Murray,
- Kevin D Niedringhaus,
- Madeleine A Pfaff,
- Michael J Yabsley
Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl 2017 Aug 30;6(2):85-99. Epub 2017 Apr 30.
Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
A total of 10 species of Baylisascaris, a genus of ascaridoid nematodes, occur worldwide and 6 of them occur in the New World. Most of the Baylisascaris species have a similar life cycle with carnivorous mammals or marsupials serving as definitive hosts and a smaller prey host serving as paratenic (or intermediate) hosts. However, one species in rodents is unique in that it only has one host. Read More