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New Flea and Tick Records for Mountain Lions in Southwestern Arizona

Author(s): Kerry L. Nicholson | Paul R. Krausman

Journal: Wildlife Biology in Practice
ISSN 1646-1509

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 41;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Argas | Flea | Pulex irritans | Pulex simulans | Puma concolor

Our understanding of ectoparasite ecology in wild felid populations is limited in free-ranging species and in regions such as Arizona. As part of a larger study, we collected ectoparasites from 4 radio-collared mountain lions (Puma concolor) in Tucson, Arizona (32.189N -110.881E) between January 2006 and December 2007. Ectoparasites were identified as Pulex, a genus of flea not commonly reported on mountain lions. The tick was a nymph of Argas (Alveonasus) cooleyi, a species about which little is known.

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