Suzanne Moshier, PhD
- Professor Emeritus
- 521 Allwine Hall
- Developmental Biology
- Intro to Immunology
With Raychel A. Watkins and Aelita J. Pinter, conducted a search for an invertebrate host for Hepatozoon sp. infecting the montane vole (Microtus montanus), we collected fleas, ticks, and mites from live-trapped voles and searched squash preparations for Hepatozoon oocysts.
From 1989 through 1996, we identified six species of fleas in Grand Teton National Park: Megabothris abantis, Megabothris asio megacolpus, Aetheca wagneri, Peromyscopsylla selenis, Peromyscopsylla. hesperomys, and Hystrichopsylla dippiei dippiei. We found Hepatozoon oocysts only in M. abantis; we found no oocysts in mites or ticks.
We conclude that M. abantis is an invertebrate host of Hepatozoon sp. and is likely to be the definitive host for the Hepatozoon spp. of M. montanus.