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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 104, No. 4, 2009, pp. 567-569
Bioline Code: oc09130
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 104, No. 4, 2009, pp. 567-569

 en The chiggerflea Hectopsylla pulex check for this species in other resources (Siphonaptera: Tungidae) as an ectoparasite of free-tailed bats (Chiroptera: Molossidae)
Luz, Júlia Lins; Costa, Luciana de Moraes; Gomes, Luiz Antonio Costa & Esbérard, Carlos Eduardo Lustosa

Abstract

In the present study, we investigated the prevalence and intensity of Hectopsylla pulex check for this species in other resources infection in Molossus rufus check for this species in other resources and Molossus molossus check for this species in other resources , the parasite's choice of attachment site, and whether this host-parasite system varies with host size. Twenty-four bats were captured by hand from the roof of a house in Southeastern Brazil. M. rufus exhibited a prevalence of 71.4% and the mean intensity averaged 5 ectoparasites per bat. M. molossus exhibited a prevalence of 90%, and the average mean intensity was 2.11 ectoparasites. The attachment sites were: ear, tragus, shoulder blade and tibia, anus, wing, axilla, mouth and dactylopatagium. A positive correlation was observed between the bats' weight and the number of fleas.

Keywords
body mass - infestation - prevalence - chiggerflea

 
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