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1 May 2002 Acari Ectoparasites of Bats from Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Ectoparasites were recovered from Brazilian bats captured from April to November 1997 at or near Parque Estadual do Rio Doce, State of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil. Sixty bats were collected, representing three families and 13 species. Five Acari families were recorded: Myobiidae, Trombiculidae, Labidocarpidae, Macronyssidae, and Spinturnicidae. The macronyssid Radfordiella desmodi Radovsky (71 specimens) and the spinturnicid Periglichrus iheringi Oudemans (45 specimens) were the most abundant mite species. They were mainly recorded on Desmodus rotundus (Geoffroy) and Artibeus lituratus (Ofers), respectively. Among trombiculid chiggers, the genus Colicus Brennan (55 specimens) was predominant and found mainly on Carollia perspicillata (L.). The current study presents new data about host-parasite relationships and increases the understanding of geographical distribution for some mite and chigger species.

Alexsander AraÚjo Azevedo, Pedro Marcos Linardi, and Maria Teresa Zanatta Coutinho "Acari Ectoparasites of Bats from Minas Gerais, Brazil," Journal of Medical Entomology 39(3), (1 May 2002). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-39.3.553
Received: 31 May 2001; Accepted: 1 December 2001; Published: 1 May 2002
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