Tue10 Apr09:45am(15 mins)
Stream 4 - Edward Llwyd 0.01
This study presents the first investigation into key drivers of parasites across baboon species and populations. We reviewed data from 45 study sites detailing parasite abundance across five baboon species, to investigate the key environmental and population-level drivers influencing their macroparasite communities. We found that the assemblages of parasite species are indistinguishable across all African baboons. These assemblages differ across NDVI gradients, latitudinal gradients, and temperature gradients. Despite this, there were no significant correlations between parasite richness and the environmental variables, or between baboon troops. We explored variables important to the presence of key microparasites (Balantidium coli and Giardia) and macroparasites (Trichuris spp, Oesophagostamum spp, Streptopharagus spp, and Physaloptera spp), with a range of correlated variables emerging. When exploring across-population patterns of parasites, there are key environmental conditions relating to the assemblages of parasites. We can explore this further to consider how environmental change, or mitigation strategies, will influence the presence of parasite species..