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Parasitic arthropods of some wild rodents from Juréia-Itatins Ecological Station, State of São Paulo, Brazil

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Author(s): Bossi David Eduardo Paolinetti | Linhares Arício Xavier | Bergallo Helena de Godoy

Journal: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
ISSN 0074-0276

Volume: 97;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 959;
Date: 2002;
Original page

Keywords: rodent ectoparasites | Acari | Diptera | Siphonaptera | Coleoptera | Atlantic rain forest | Brazil

ABSTRACT
A study of the associations between three species of rodents in the Atlantic forest and their parasitic arthropods was undertaken at the Juréia-Itatins Ecological Station, located in the State of São Paulo, Southeastern Brazil, from March 1989 to February 1990. Individuals of three species, Oryzomys russatus, Proechimys iheringi and Nectomys squamipes were captured and examined for ectoparasites. Eleven species of parasitic arthropods were found, including four species of insects and seven of Acari. Parasitism intensity, phenology, and rainfall were positively correlated with the abundance of the ectoparasites and their hosts. The most abundant host was O. russatus (Muridae: Sigmodontinae), and the most common parasite on it was the laelapid mite Gigantolaelaps oudemansi. The cuterebrid Metacuterebra apicalis caused myiasis in O. russatus. A mutualistic association between the staphylinid beetle Amblyopinus sp. and its host P. iheringi (Echimyidae) was observed. The few N. squamipes captured had small numbers of ectoparasites.

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