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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 97, No. 8, 2002, pp. 1141-1146
Bioline Code: oc02249
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 97, No. 8, 2002, pp. 1141-1146

 en Brazilian Distribution of Amblyomma varium check for this species in other resources Koch, 1844 (Acari: Ixodidae), a Common Parasite of Sloths (Mammalia: Xenarthra)
Sandro Marques; Darci Moraes Barros-Battesti; João Luiz Horacio Faccini & Valeria Castilho Onofrio

Abstract

Amblyomma varium check for this species in other resources , commonly known in Brazil as the "carrapato-gigante-da-preguiça" (sloth's giant tick) is found from southern Central America to Argentina. The present study adds information on the geographical distribution of A. varium, as well as on their hosts, based on material deposited in the main Brazilian collections and on the available literature. Eighty-two vials, containing 191 adult specimens, deposited in five Acari collections between 1930 and 2001, were examined. These vials included data on the host and collection localities. The biology of A. varium is unknown. However it is known that, during the adult stage, the tick presents a high host specificity and is found almost exclusively on the sloths Bradypus tridactylus check for this species in other resources , B. variegatus, B. torquatus (Bradypodidae), Choloepus hoffmanni check for this species in other resources and C. didactylus (Megalonychidae). Based on the material examined, the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Bahia and Alagoas are newly assigned to geographic distribution of A. varium in Brazil.

Keywords
Amblyomma varium check for this species in other resources - Ixodidae - sloth - Brazilian geographic distribution

 
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