Acanthocephalans ( Eoacanthocephala: Neoechinorhynchida: Neoechinorhynchidae ) of Common Snapping Turtles ( Chelydra serpentina ) from Arkansas and Oklahoma, with Observations on Host Suitability

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Chris T. McAllister
Ryan W. Koch


Eighteen common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) were collected from Arkansas (n= 5) and Oklahoma (n= 13) and examined for acanthocephalans. Three (17%) were found to harborinfections, including one from Arkansas with aNeoechinorhynchussp., and two from OklahomawithNeoechinorhynchus emyditoidesFisher, 1960. We document one of the few instances ofC.serpentinaharboring acanthocephalans and discuss host suitability.

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Applied Ecology & Conservation