WCS 3-Sentence Science
February 7, 2020
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS’s Paul Calle on parasites found in wild blue iguanas on the island of Grand Cayman.
- Researchers examined healthy captive and wild blue iguanas (Cyclura lewisi) from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and found a variety of endoparasites regardless of age, sex, or captive vs wild status, with no type found exclusively in either captive or wild populations.
- Ectoparasites from wild adults included adult ticks (Amblyomma torrei) and a single adult mite (Hirstiella trombidiformis).
- All are new host records for this species and Grand Cayman; knowledge of parasite status of captive and wild populations is important to evaluate the relative risk of introduction of captive animals into wild populations.
Study and Journal: “Parasites of the blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi) from Grand Cayman Island” from Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
WCS Co-Author(s): Paul Calle, WCS Vice President for Health Programs and Chief Veterinarian
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