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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 98, No. 8, 2003, pp. 1071-1076
Bioline Code: oc03209
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 98, No. 8, 2003, pp. 1071-1076

 en Siphonaptera Parasites of Wild Rodents and Marsupials Trapped in Three Mountain Ranges of the Atlantic Forest in Southeastern Brazil
Leandro Bianco de Moraes; David Eduardo Paolinetti Bossi & Arício Xavier Linhares

Abstract

A study of the associations between small mammals and fleas was undertaken in three areas of the Atlantic Forest in Souhtheastern Brazil: Serra da Fartura, SP, Serra da Bocaina, SP, and Itatiaia, RJ. Trapping of small rodents and marsupials was done every 3 months during 2 years, from June 1999 to May 2001. A total 502 rodents (13 species) and 50 marsupials (7 species) were collected, and 185 hosts out of 552 (33.5%) captured in the traps were parasitized by 327 fleas belonging to 11 different species. New host records were determined for several flea species, and 5 significant associations between fleas and hosts were also found.

Keywords
fleas - rodents - marsupials - Atlantic rain forest - Brazil

 
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