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dc.contributor.authorVeiga, Jesús-
dc.contributor.authorMartínez de la Puente, Josué-
dc.contributor.authorVáclav, Radovan-
dc.contributor.authorFiguerola, Jordi-
dc.contributor.authorValera, Francisco-
dc.identifier.citationParasites and Vectors 11(1): 524 (2018)-
dc.description.abstract[Background] Haemosporidians are the most important vector-borne parasites due to their cosmopolitan distribution and their wide range of hosts, including humans. Identification of their vectors is critical to highlight ecologically and epidemiologically relevant features such as host specificity or transmission routes. Biting midges of the genus Culicoides are considered the main vectors of Haemoproteus spp., yet important information on aspects such as vector feeding preferences or vector-host specificity involving haemosporidian parasites is frequently missing.-
dc.description.abstract[Methods] We assessed the abundance of Culicoides circumscriptus and C. paolae and blood sources of the latter at the nests of cavity-nesting bird species (mainly the European roller Coracias garrulus) and in their surroundings. We also explored the prevalence and genetic diversity of avian haemosporidians in parous females of both species.-
dc.description.abstract[Results] Both C. circumscriptus and C. paolae were abundant in the study area and common at European roller nests. Culicoides paolae had a diverse ornithophilic diet, feeding on at least seven bird species. Human DNA was also detected in the blood meal of some individuals. Four Haemoproteus lineages, including a new one reported here for the first time, were isolated from parous females of both biting midges.-
dc.description.abstract[Conclusions] Culicoides circumscriptus and C. paolae can play a locally important role in the transmission dynamics of Haemoproteus parasites in a community of cavity-nesting bird species in an arid ecosystem.-
dc.description.sponsorshipJV was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness by means of a predoctoral grant (grant no. BES-2015-075951). FV and JF received financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and the European Regional Development Fund (CGL2014-55969-P; CGL2015-65055-P). JMP was partially supported by a 2017 Leonardo Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators, BBVA Foundation. The Foundation accepts no responsibility for the opinions, statements and contents included in the project and/or the results thereof, which are entirely the responsibility of the authors. We acknowledge support of the publication fees by the CSIC Open Access Publication Support Initiative through its Unit of Information Resources for Research (URICI).-
dc.publisherBioMed Central-
dc.relation.isversionofPublisher's version-
dc.subjectBiting midges-
dc.subjectArid area-
dc.subjectBlood meal-
dc.subjectCoracias garrulus-
dc.titleCulicoides paolae and c. circumscriptus as potential vectors of avian haemosporidians in an arid ecosystem-
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer reviewed-
dc.contributor.funderMinisterio de Economía y Competitividad (España)-
dc.contributor.funderCSIC - Unidad de Recursos de Información Científica para la Investigación (URICI)-
dc.contributor.funderFundación BBVA-
dc.contributor.funderEuropean Commission-
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