• K Srihari

      Articles written in Proceedings – Animal Sciences

    • Nematode parasites of the slender loris,Loris tardigradus

      R V Krishnamoorthy K Srihari Hafeezur Rahaman G L Rajasekharaiah

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      Occurrence ofPhysaloptera Rud. 1819 (Syn.Chlamydonema sp.) andSubulura Molin 1860 (Syn.Allodapa sp.) in the slender Loris,Loris tardigradus, was not known thus far and this paper reports the occurrence of these two parasites. There was a 35·7% occurrence ofPhysaloptera masoodi in the stomach and a 100% occurrence ofSubulura indica in the large intestine and the vermiform appendix of 14 animals studied. WhilePhysaloptera masoodi developed in the stomach, theSubulura indica did in the appendix. Data on the size and the dimensions of these parasites are tabulated and nematode parasites in the loris and their pathogenicity to the host are discussed.

    • Haematological studies on two rodents after zinc phosphide and vacor poisoning

      K Srihari Shakunthala Sridhara

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      Both zinc phosphide and vacor induced almost similar changes in the haematology ofBandicota bengalensis andTatera indica. Lymphocytes decline and an increase was seen in the counts of red blood cells (RBC) and neutrophils, bleeding and clotting times. Per cent weight loss was more in zinc phosphide poisonedB. bengalensis. The variations exhibited by the two species and sexes indicate gerbils, particularly females as most resistant and female lesser bandicoots to be the most susceptible to the poisons tested.

    • Zinc phosphide and vacor induced bait shyness and its persistence inMus platythrix

      Shakunthala Sridhara K Srihari

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      The study was aimed at detecting the development of bait shyness towards zinc phosphide and vacor inMus platythrix and its persistence. Both the rodenticides induced poison aversion after single ingestion of sub lethal quantities, while bait shyness towards zinc phosphide lasted 170 days, vacor produced poison shyness persisted upto 120 days. Based on these results it may be concluded that poisoningM. platythrix with zinc phosphide and vacor should be done for a single day only and residual population be killed by other means. Secondly control ofM. platythrix by zinc phosphide poisoning should not be repeated till 170 days and that of vacor till 120 days.

    • Food preference studies of the larger bandicoot rat,Bandicota indica (Bechstein)

      Shakunthala Sridhara K Srihari

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      The food preferences of the South-Asian commensal rat,Bandicota indica were studied to evolve a suitable bait for control. Amongst cereals clear preference towards rice in its whole/divided form was evident. Amongst additives 7\2-10% groundnut oil enhanced bait intake significantly while 2% salt and sugar did not influence the rat’s diet choice. The results indicate whole/broken rice mixed with 7\2-10% groundnut oil as the most attractive bait for poisoningB. indica.

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