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metadata.dc.type: Artigo de Periódico
Title: Bat flies on phyllostomid hosts in the Cerrado region: component community, prevalence and intensity of parasitism
Authors: Eriksson, Alan Fredy
Graciolli, Gustavo
Fischer, Erich Arnold
Abstract: Streblidae flies are specialised parasites of bat hosts, mainly phyllostomids. There is a high richness of streblids in the savannah-like Cerrado region; however, there is little quantitative data available in parasitological indices. Here, we describe the component community, prevalence and intensity of a streblid infestation on a phyllostomid bat assemblage in Serra da Bodoquena, a Cerrado region in Southwest Brazil. We conducted surveys by capturing and inspecting bat hosts during the seven-month period between October 2004-December 2005. All the ectoparasites found on the bats were collected in the field and then counted and identified in the laboratory. We captured 327 bats belonging to 13 species, of which eight species were parasitized by 17 species of streblids. Carollia perspicillata and Glossophaga soricina were infested with seven streblid species, whereas the other bat species were infested with four or fewer streblid species. Megistopoda proxima and Aspidoptera falcata flies were found on Sturnira lilium, and Trichobius joblingi was the most prevalent fly on C. perspicillata. Megistopoda aranea and Aspidoptera phyllostomatis were highly prevalent and had a high intensity of infestation on Artibeus planirostris. Overall comparisons of the available data suggest that the component communities of streblids vary more between the Cerrado and Atlantic Forest phytogeographical regions than between localities within the same phytogeographical region.
Keywords: Quirópteros
Ectoparasitoses Animal
Animal Ectoparasites
Publisher: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Citation: ERIKSSON, Alan; GRACIOLLI, Gustavo; FISCHER, Erich. Bat flies on phyllostomid hosts in the Cerrado region: component community, prevalence and intensity of parasitism. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, v. 106, n. 3, May 2011 . Available from <>. access on 13 Apr. 2012.
metadata.dc.rights: Acesso Aberto
Issue Date: Jan-2011
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