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Volume 98, Issue 5 p. 1476-1476
Data Papers
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Global Mammal Parasite Database version 2.0

Patrick R. Stephens

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Patrick R. Stephens

Odum School of Ecology, 140 E Green St., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602 USA

Authors contributed equally to this work.

E-mail: [email protected]

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Paula Pappalardo

Paula Pappalardo

Odum School of Ecology, 140 E Green St., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602 USA

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Shan Huang

Shan Huang

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (BiK-F), Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt (Main), Germany

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James E. Byers

James E. Byers

Odum School of Ecology, 140 E Green St., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602 USA

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Maxwell J. Farrell

Maxwell J. Farrell

Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A1B1 Canada

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Alyssa Gehman

Alyssa Gehman

Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T1Z4 Canada

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Ria R. Ghai

Ria R. Ghai

Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 30322 USA

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Sarah E. Haas

Sarah E. Haas

Inland Fisheries Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, Texas, 78744 USA

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Barbara Han

Barbara Han

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Ecology, Millbrook, New York, 12545 USA

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Andrew W. Park

Andrew W. Park

Odum School of Ecology, 140 E Green St., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602 USA

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John P. Schmidt

John P. Schmidt

Odum School of Ecology, 140 E Green St., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602 USA

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Sonia Altizer

Sonia Altizer

Odum School of Ecology, 140 E Green St., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602 USA

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Vanessa O. Ezenwa

Vanessa O. Ezenwa

Odum School of Ecology, 140 E Green St., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602 USA

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Charles L. Nunn

Charles L. Nunn

Biological Sciences, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 27708 USA

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First published: 08 March 2017
Citations: 80
Corresponding Editor: William K. Michener.

Abstract

Illuminating the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of parasites is one of the most pressing issues facing modern science, and is critical for basic science, the global economy, and human health. Extremely important to this effort are data on the disease-causing organisms of wild animal hosts (including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, helminths, arthropods, and fungi). Here we present an updated version of the Global Mammal Parasite Database, a database of the parasites of wild ungulates (artiodactyls and perissodactyls), carnivores, and primates, and make it available for download as complete flat files. The updated database has more than 24,000 entries in the main data file alone, representing data from over 2700 literature sources. We include data on sampling method and sample sizes when reported, as well as both “reported” and “corrected” (i.e., standardized) binomials for each host and parasite species. Also included are current higher taxonomies and data on transmission modes used by the majority of species of parasites in the database. In the associated metadata we describe the methods used to identify sources and extract data from the primary literature, how entries were checked for errors, methods used to georeference entries, and how host and parasite taxonomies were standardized across the database. We also provide definitions of the data fields in each of the four files that users can download.

The complete data sets corresponding to abstracts published in the Data Papers section in the journal are published electronically as Supporting Information in the online version of this article at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecy.1799/suppinfo.