Taking stock: a review of the known parasites of the sleepy lizard, Tiliqua rugosa (Gray, 1825), a common lizard endemic to Australia

Gerrut Norval, Kirstin E. Ross, Robert D. Sharrad, Michael G. Gardner

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Abstract

Parasitism is a very common life strategy and although it results in harm to the host, it plays a vital ecological role in host population and community dynamics. The sleepy lizard, Tiliqua rugosa, is one of the best studied lizard species in Australia, to a large extent due to studies involving ticks that infest these lizards. In spite of this, little is known about most of the parasites that are known to infect sleepy lizards. The purpose of this review is to provide a synopsis of the species that have been reported as parasites of T. rugosa as a foundation for future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-234
Number of pages19
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of South Australia
Volume143
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Bobtail lizard
  • cestode
  • nematode
  • parasite-host interaction
  • shingleback lizard
  • tick
  • trematode

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