Lower Detection Probability of Avian Plasmodium in Blood Compared to Other Tissues

M Svensson-Coelho, GT Silva, SS Santos, LS Miranda, LE Araújo-Silva, RE Ricklefs, CY Miyaki, Marcos Maldonado-Coelho

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Abstract

We tested whether the probability of detecting avian haemosporidia (Plasmodium and Haemoproteus) using molecular techniques differs among blood, liver, heart, and pectoral muscle tissues. We used a paired design, sampling the 4 tissue types in 55 individuals of a wild South American suboscine antbird, the white-shouldered fire-eye (Pyriglena leucoptera). We also identified parasites to cytochrome b lineage. Detection probability was significantly lower in blood compared to the other 3 tissue types combined. Eight of 22 infections were not detected in blood samples; 4–7 infections were not detected in the other individual tissues. The same parasite lineage was recovered from different tissues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-561
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of Parasitology
Volume102
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Zoology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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