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The role of parasites in the lives and deaths of marine mammals has been scrutinized by biologists for decades, but the scientific literature prior to 1978 has been difficult to acquire and time-consuming to search. Now this new and extensive bibliography gives researchers a convenient resource for reviewing the classical literature on parasites of marine mammals so that historical infection prevalence and geographical distribution can be easily and properly assessed. This book contains detailed information about accepted (or suspected) taxonomic synonyms and geographical information about the host and/or parasite, covering the parasite groups Acanthocephala, Acarina, Anoplura, Cestoda, Nematoda, and Trematoda, and the host orders Pinnipedia (seals, sea lions, walruses), Cetacea (whales, dolphins), and Carnivora (sea otters).

Reported Incidences of Parasitic Infections in Marine Mammals from 1892 to 1978 is a comprehensive list of parasites reported from marine mammals, based on the scientific literature published between the late 1800’s and 1978, including sources of information, geographical locations of the host/parasite, and possible synonyms suggested by the original sources. It provides a valuable resource for stranding response personnel, aquatic animal veterinarians, marine biologists, and professional parasitologists, and is a critical aid to our further understanding of the intriguing interactions between the marine mammals and their underwater “passengers.”


isbn 978-1-60962-043-1 ebook

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Zea Books


Lincoln, NE


marine mammals, parasites, veterinary science, stranding, whales, dolphins, seals


Animal Sciences | Aquaculture and Fisheries | Marine Biology | Parasitology | Zoology


Copyright © 2013 John R. Felix

Reported Incidences of Parasitic Infections in Marine Mammals from 1892 to 1978