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1 May 2009 Mites (Mesostigmata: Spinturnicidae and Spelaeorhynchidae) Associated With Bats in Northeast Brazil
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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.

© 2009 Entomological Society of America
Filipe Dantas-Torres, Fábio A. M. Soares, Carlos E.B.P. Ribeiro, Marcela R. M. Daher, Gustavo C. Valença, and Michel P. Valim "Mites (Mesostigmata: Spinturnicidae and Spelaeorhynchidae) Associated With Bats in Northeast Brazil," Journal of Medical Entomology 46(3), (1 May 2009). https://doi.org/10.1603/033.046.0340
Received: 29 July 2008; Accepted: 1 February 2009; Published: 1 May 2009
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