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Potential Parasite Induced Host Mortality in Northern Bobwhite (<em>Colinus virginianus</em>) From the Rolling Plains Ecoregion of West Texas | OMICS International| Abstract

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  • Arch Parasitol 2017, Vol 2(1): 115

Potential Parasite Induced Host Mortality in Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) From the Rolling Plains Ecoregion of West Texas

Matthew Z Brym, Cassandra Henry and Ronald J Kendall*
The Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
*Corresponding Author : Ronald J Kendall, The Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University, Box 43290, Lubbock, Texas, 79409-3290, USA, Tel: 806-885-0238, Fax: 806-885-2132, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Dec 15, 2017 / Accepted Date: Jan 05, 2018 / Published Date: Jan 10, 2018

Abstract

Anecdotal reports of Northern bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) exhibiting strange behavior have raised suspicions of parasite induced host mortality (PIHM) in the Rolling Plains of West Texas. In 2017, we received 11 bobwhite carcasses associated with such reports and found parasites in all of these specimens. While further research is needed to evaluate the impact of parasites on bobwhite, these reports provide a valuable supplement to on-going investigations of PIHM in bobwhite from the Rolling Plains of West Texas.

Keywords: Colinus virginianus; Operation idiopathic decline (OID); Agricultural practices

Citation: Brym MZ, Henry C, Kendall RJ (2018) Potential Parasite Induced Host Mortality in Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) From the Rolling Plains Ecoregion of West Texas. Arch Parasitol 2: 115.

Copyright: ©2017 Brym MZ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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