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J Wildl Dis.: No evidence of blood parasites in little auks (Alle alle) breeding on Svalbard.

Absence of blood parasites in birds occurring in polar regions is believed to be a common phenomenon, but only a few surveys have been conducted on truly polar bird species. We examined blood parasites in a seabird with an exclusively high-Arctic breeding distribution, the little auk (Alle alle). Polymerase chain reaction was used to detect hemosporidians, and traditional optical microscopy was used to detect a wider range of hematozoans in birds breeding on Svalbard (Norway). No blood parasites were found among 100 birds examined. This finding confirmed the scarcity of hematozoa in polar regions and provided baseline data for the little auk.

2010;46: 574-578.

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Author:Wojczulanis-Jakubas, K.; Svoboda, A.; Kruszewicz, A.; Johnsen, A.
Publication:Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Article Type:Reprint
Geographic Code:0ARCT
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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