Wild rabbit host and some parasites show trophic-level relationships for delta 13C and delta 15N: a first report.

@article{Boag1998WildRH,
  title={Wild rabbit host and some parasites show trophic-level relationships for delta 13C and delta 15N: a first report.},
  author={Brian Boag and Roy Neilson and David Robinson and Charlie M. Scrimgeour and Linda L. Handley},
  journal={Isotopes in environmental and health studies},
  year={1998},
  volume={34 1-2},
  pages={81-5}
}
We report the first isotopic study of an animal host-parasite system. Parasitic, intestinal nematodes, Graphidium strigosum and Passalurus ambiguus, were 15N-enriched relative to their host, the European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus, while parasitic cestodes, Cittataenia denticulata and Mosgovoyia pectinata, were 15N-depleted, suggesting different trophic relationships. Host embryos were more similar in their delta 13C and delta 15N values to maternal muscle than were any of the parasites… CONTINUE READING

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