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Increased mortality of black-browed albatross chicks at a colony heavily-infested with the tick Ixodes uriae

Bergström, Sven; Haemig, Paul D.; Olsen, Björn. 1999 Increased mortality of black-browed albatross chicks at a colony heavily-infested with the tick Ixodes uriae. International Journal for Parasitology, 29 (9). 1359-1361. 10.1016/S0020-7519(99)00088-0

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Abstract/Summary

At Bird Island, South Georgia, we studied the effects of the tick Ixodes uriae on survival of chicks at two colonies of the black-browed albatross Diomedea melanophrys, one where most chicks were infested with ticks, the other where most chicks were tick-free. When the two colonies were compared, it was found that the colony heavily-infested with ticks had significantly greater chick mortality than the colony lightly-infested with ticks. However, within each of the two colonies, there was no significant difference in survival between chicks with ticks and those without ticks.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/S0020-7519(99)00088-0
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 00207519
Additional Keywords: Antarctica, Bird Island (South Georgia), Black-browed albatross, Diomedea melanophrys, Ixodes uriae, mortality, parasitism, survival
Date made live: 20 Aug 2013 13:16 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/503018

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