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Genotypes and nematode infestations in an endangered lizard, Tiliqua adelaidensis

Smith, Annabel; Fenner, Aaron L.; Bull, C. Michael; Gardner, Michael


We used data from 16 polymorphic microsatellite loci from the endangered pygmy bluetongue lizard, Tiliqua adelaidensis, to examine genetic signals of intestinal parasite infestation. 30% of 70 individuals had detectable infestations of the nematode parasite Pharyngodon wandillahensis. We found no evidence that higher levels of heterozygosity promoted parasite resistance, and there were no significant associations between 50 common alleles and infestation status. Although neutral markers are a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Applied Herpetology
DOI: 10.1163/157075408X386150


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