Mites (Mesostigmata: Spinturnicidae and Spelaeorhynchidae) associated with bats in northeast Brazil.

  • Dantas-Torres F
  • Soares F
  • Ribeiro C
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In this article, we present the results of a study about mites associated with bats collected in the State of Pernambuco, northeast Brazil. Of the 331 bats collected, 23 were found naturally infested by mites, corresponding to an overall prevalence of 6.9% (95% confidence interval: 4.5-10.2). Four mite species were collected from seven bat species. The following mite-bat associations were recorded: Periglischrus acutisternus Machado-Allison on Phyllostomus discolor Wagner; Periglischrus ojastii Oudemans on Carollia perspicillata L.; Periglischrus iheringi Oudemans on Artibeus lituratus (Olfers), Artibeus planirostris Spix, Platyrrhinus lineatus (E. Geoffroy), and Sturnira lilium (E. Geoffroy); and Spelaeorhynchus praecursor Neumann on C. perspicillata. This study definitively confirms the presence of S. praecursor in Pernambuco and records for the first time the presence of three spinturnicid species (i.e., P. acutisternus, P. ojastii, and P. iheringi) in northeast Brazil.

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  • Animals
  • Brazil
  • Chiroptera
  • Chiroptera: parasitology
  • Mite Infestations
  • Mite Infestations: epidemiology
  • Mite Infestations: parasitology
  • Mite Infestations: veterinary
  • Mites
  • Mites: physiology
  • Plant Extracts
  • Prevalence

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  • Filipe Dantas-Torres

  • Fábio A M Soares

  • Carlos E B P Ribeiro

  • Marcela R M Daher

  • Gustavo C Valença

  • Michel P Valim

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