Parasite and viral species richness of Southeast Asian bats: Fragmentation of area distribution matters

Gay Noellie, Olival Kevin J., Bumrungsri Sara, Siriaroonrat Boripat, Bourgarel Mathieu, Morand Serge. 2014. Parasite and viral species richness of Southeast Asian bats: Fragmentation of area distribution matters. International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife, 3 (2) : pp. 161-170.

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Abstract : Interest in bat-borne diseases and parasites has grown in the past decade over concerns for human health. However, the drivers of parasite diversity among bat host species are understudied as are the links between parasite richness and emerging risks. Thus, we aimed at exploring factors that explain macro and microparasite species richness in bats from Southeast Asia, a hotspot of emerging infectious diseases. First, we identified bat species that need increased sampling effort for pathogen discovery. Our approach highlights pathogen investigation disparities among species within the same genus, such as Rhinolophus and Pteropus. Secondly, comparative analysis using independent contrasts method allowed the identification of likely factors explaining parasite and viral diversity of bats. Our results showed a key role of bat distribution shape, an index of the fragmentation of bat distribution, on parasite diversity, linked to a decrease for both viral and endoparasite species richness. We discuss how our study may contribute to a better understanding of the link between parasite species richness and emergence. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Chiroptera, Vecteur de maladie, Virus, Parasite, Helminthe, Biodiversité, Distribution géographique, Santé publique, Danger pour la santé

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Asie du Sud-Est

Mots-clés complémentaires : Pteropus, Rhinolophus

Classification Agris : L73 - Animal diseases
L72 - Pests of animals
000 - Other themes

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 4 (2014-2018) - Santé des animaux et des plantes

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Gay Noellie, ISEM (FRA)
  • Olival Kevin J., EcoHealth Alliance (USA)
  • Bumrungsri Sara, Bureau of Conservation, Research and Education Zoological Park Organization (THA)
  • Siriaroonrat Boripat, Prince of Songkla University (THA)
  • Bourgarel Mathieu, CIRAD-ES-UPR AGIRs (ZWE) ORCID: 0000-0001-9774-7669
  • Morand Serge, CIRAD-ES-UPR AGIRs (LAO) ORCID: 0000-0003-3986-7659

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