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Bank voles (Myodes glareolus) and house mice (Mus musculus musculus; M. m. domesticus) in Europe are each parasitized by their own distinct species of Aspiculuris (Nematoda, Oxyurida)

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by J Behnke, A Stewart, A Bajer, M Gryzbek, P Harris, A Lowe, A Ribas, L Smales, K Vandegrift
The molecular phylogeny and morphology of the oxyuroid nematode genus Aspiculuris from voles and house mice has been examined. Wonns collected from Myodes glareolus in Poland, Eire and the UK are identified as Aspiculuris tianjinensis, previously known only from China, while wonns from Mus musculus from a range of locations in Europe and from laboratory mice, all conformed to the description of Arpiluluris turaptera. Worms from voles and house mice are not cloaely related and are not derived from each other, with A. tianjinensis, being being most closely related to Aspiculuris dinniki from snow voles and to an isolate from Microtus longicaudus in the Nearctic. Both A. tianjinensis and A. tetraptera appear to represent recent radiations within their host groups; in voles, this radiation cannot be more than 2 million years old, while in commensal house mice it is likely to be less than 10 000 years old. The potential of Aspiculuris spp.as markers of host evolution is highlighted.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

142

Issue

12

Start Page

1493

End Page

1505

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

1469-8161

ISSN

0031-1820

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Cardiff University; Higher Education Division (2013- ); Pennsylvania State University; South Australian Museum; TBA Research Institute; Universitat de Barcelona; Universitetet i Oslo; University of Nottingham; Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Lublinie; Uniwersytet Warszawski;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Parasitology.