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MANTER: Journal of Parasite Biodiversity (ISSN 2470-8224)
Occasional Papers, Number 1, September 15, 2015
doi 10.13014/K2G44N6V


Copyright © 2015 Ubelaker, Griffin, Konicke, Abdullah, Mouhaffel, Duszynski, and Harrison.


Metazoan gastrointestinal endoparasites were recovered from 10 of 14 (71.4%) gray foxes [Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Schreber, 1775)] collected in New Mexico from 1996 -1998. They include a pentastome Porocephalus sp., (n=1, 7.1%), a trematode: Fasciola hepatica Linnaeus, 1758 (n=1, 7.1%), the nematodes: Physaloptera rara Hall and Wigdor, 1918 (n=3, 14.3%), Physaloptera praeputialis Linstow, 1899 (n=2, 14.3%), an unidentified female Physaloptera sp. (n=1, 7.1%), Toxocara mystax (Zeder, 1800) (n=2, 14.3%), Toxocara canis (Werner, 1782) (n=1, 7.1%), Spirocerca lupi (Rudolphi, 1809) (n=6, 42.9%), and cestodes: Taenia pisiformis (Bloch, 1780) n=3, n=3, (21.4%), Taenia serialis (Gervais, 1847) (n=3, 21.4%), and Mesocestoides kirbyi Chandler, 1944 (n=7, 50%). All parasites found are new records for the gray fox in New Mexico. The parasites, Porocephalus sp, Fasciola hepatica, Toxocara mystax and Mesocestoides kirbyi are new records for the gray fox for North America.