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Orangutan faeces under scanning electron microscope

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Year of publication 2014
Type Conference abstract
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Faculty of Science

Description Orangutans are in an extremely precarious state, with the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) critically endangered and the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmeaus) endangered with rapidly declining populations. There is only limited information available on orangutan parasites in general. Studies focusing on the parasites of orangutans in their natural habitat are even rarer, making any new information especially valuable. The most extensive record of orangutan parasites comes from a study which summarizes the data based only on standard coprology analyses often with not clear identification to the parasite species level. We would like to present SEM as important tools in parasites identification to the species level which have been used in recently described new pinworm species and identification of Ascaris sp. parasitizing Sumatran orangutan.
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