Noninvasive fecal sampling in Itatiaia National Park, Brazil: wild mammal identification and parasite detection

Lais Dib, Joao Pedro Palmer, Camila Lima, Jessica Pinheiro, Raissa Cristina Ramos, Claudijane Santos, Ana Beatriz Fonsceca, Karen Rodriguez-Castro, Camila Gonçalves, Pedro Galetti, Lais Correa, Otilio Bastos, Claudia Uchoa, Augusto Bastos, Maria Regina Amendoeira & Alynne Barbosa
Background: Noninvasive collection of feces is a cost-effective strategy for monitoring free-living wild mammals. The aim of this study was to search for carnivore and artiodactyl species and investigate the gastrointestinal parasites in their feces, in Itatiaia National Park, Brazil. Methodology/Main Findings: Between 2017 and 2018, feces from carnivores and artiodactyls were collected along trails in the park. Host species were identified from these feces through macroscopic and trichological examination and through molecular biology using...
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