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Mastozoología neotropical

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TARQUINO-CARBONELL, Andrea del Pilar et al. Ectoparasites associated with bats in northeastern Tolima, Colombia. Mastozool. neotrop. [online]. 2015, vol.22, n.2, pp.349-358. ISSN 0327-9383.

This study reports data on the prevalence and mean intensity of ectoparasites associated with bats in northeastern Tolima, Colombia. We captured 140 bats representing 21 species and 5 families. Most individuals represented the Phyllostomidae (84%), and Carollia perspicillata was the most frequently captured species (35%). Parasites were found in 14 of these species (66%), 8 of which (29.28%) were parasitized by Streblidae, 6 (14.28%) by Spinturnicidae, 5 (9.28%) by Macronyssidae, and 5 (7.85%) by Argasidae. Ectoparasites represented 5 families and 24 species; the most abundant was Trichobius joblingi (16.85%), followed by Radffordiella desmodi (11.04%). This research represents the first report on ectoparasites of bats in northern Tolima (Colombia).

Keywords : Argasidae; Chiroptera; Host-Parasite relationships; Mesostigmata; Streblidae.

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