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Title: Differentiation of flea communities infesting small mammals across selected habitats of the Baltic coast, central lowlands, and southern mountains of Poland
Authors: Kowalski, Krzysztof
Eichert, Urszula
Bogdziewicz, Michał
Rychlik, Leszek
Keywords: small mammals
fleas
habitat structure
shrews
rodents
parasitology
latitude
Poland
Issue Date: 13-Mar-2014
Abstract: Only a few studies comparing flea composition on the coast and in the mountains have been conducted. We investigated differences in flea communities infesting small mammals in selected habitats in northern, central and southern Poland. We predicted: (1) a greater number of flea species in the southeastern Poland and a lower number in the north; (2) a greater number of flea species in fertile and wet habitats than in poor and arid habitats; (3) a low similarity of flea species between flea communities in western and eastern Poland. We found negative effect of increasing latitude on flea species richness. We suppose that the mountains providing a variety of environments and the limits of the geographic ranges of several flea subspecies in southeastern Poland, result in a higher number of flea species. There was positive effect of increasing wetness of habitat on flea species richness. We found a high diversity in flea species composition between western and eastern Poland (beta diversity = 11) and between central and eastern Poland (beta diversity = 12). Re-colonization of Poland by small mammals and their ectoparasites from different (western and eastern) refugies can affect on this high diversity of flea species.
Sponsorship: grant no. SFRH/BD/ 31602/2006 from the Science and Technology Foundation (Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education); budget of the Department of Systematic Zoology (Faculty of Biology AMU, Poznań)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10593/10293
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-014-3817-9
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