Occurrence of internal parasites in stone martens (Martes foina) from Krakow and suburbs

Sławomir Kornaś , Izabela A. Wierzbowska , Paweł Górski , Henryk Okarma


The pine marten Martes martes and the stone marten Martes foina are the only representatives of the genus Martes in Poland. During the last few decades, an intensive synurbisation of stone martens has been recorded. The aim of the study was to assess the level of infection by internal parasites of Martes foina in the Cracow urban area. Eleven necropsies were performed of stone martens killed during animal-vehicle collisions. Additionally, coprological examination of 129 stone marten scats was included. For further analysis, two standard methods, i.e. flotation and decantation, were used. The intensity of infection by parasites was low. Taenia martis was found to be present in one marten individual by necropsy, while Taeniidae helminths and two genera of nematodes, Capillaria and Toxocara, were identified during coprodiagnosis. The diet analysis of stone marten scats revealed a high proportion of two food categories. Percentage frequency of occurrence for plant material and anthropogenic was calculated as 42.3% and 15.4%, respectively. This type of food composition might suggest lower infection by internal parasites in particular species, especially with an indirect life cycle.
Author Sławomir Kornaś (DoAS / DoZaE)
Sławomir Kornaś,,
- Department of Zoology and Ecology
, Izabela A. Wierzbowska
Izabela A. Wierzbowska,,
, Paweł Górski
Paweł Górski,,
, Henryk Okarma
Henryk Okarma,,
Journal seriesAnnals of Parasitology, ISSN 0043-5163, [], (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.3
Keywords in EnglishMartes foina, parasites, necropsy, coproscopic examination
ASJC Classification2700 General Medicine
URL http://www.annals-parasitology.eu/go.live.php/PL-H141/2013-vol-59-4.html
Internal identifierWHiBZ/2013/10
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)15
Score sourcejournalList
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FinansowanieThe study was partially founded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Grant: 2P04F07230 and the Jagiellonian University: DS 756, and WRBW/12/INOŚ/2006
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