Parasitology Research

, Volume 101, Issue 3, pp 627–628 | Cite as

The alien and native pentastomids fauna of an exotic lizard population from Brazilian Northeast

  • L. A. AnjosEmail author
  • W. O. Almeida
  • A. Vasconcellos
  • E. M. X. Freire
  • C. F. D. Rocha
Original Paper

Pentastomids are common parasites of reptiles’ respiratory tract with more than 130 species described (de Oliveira Almeida and Christoffersen 1999; Rego 1983). The knowledge on the infection by the pentastomid Raillietiella in Brazil is scarce. Few works has been reported: Raillietiella freitasi in the lungs of Thrachylepis atlanticus (formerly Mabuya punctata; Motta 1963; Motta and Gomes 1968; Rego 1983, 1984); larvae of Raillietiella sp. in the skink Mabuya agilis (Vrcibradic et al. 2002) and a likely new species of Raillietiella aff. furcocerca infecting Cnemidophorus abaetensis and Cnemidophorus ocellifer (Dias et al. 2005). The house gecko Hemidactylus mabouia Moreau de Jonnès, 1818, is a broadly distributed species in the tropics and has invaded the New World after accidental introductions, becoming a successful colonizer, widely represented in southern North America, in Central and South America (Federico and Cacivio 2000). Along its range, H. mabouiahas harboured an extensive...


Parasitic Fauna Helminthological Collection Lizard Population Zoological Collection Adaptive Success 
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We thank D. Noronha, curator of the Helminthological Collection of the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, for the loan of pentastomid specimens. The authors acknowledge a research grant received from FUNCAP-Fundação Cearense de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (‘Ref. 943/03-Edital 003/03’). We are also grateful to IBAMA-Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Natural Resources for their permission to collect samples from protection areas (processes # 02021.000075/2006–7; # 080/04-RAN/IBAMA 02007.001009/04-73). CFD Rocha received research grants from CNPq (processes nos. 477981/2003-8 and 307653/03-0). We also thank D. Vrcibradic (UERJ) for the valuable suggestions and criticisms on the manuscript and to B. Grisi for the suggestions and the English version of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. A. Anjos
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. O. Almeida
    • 2
  • A. Vasconcellos
    • 3
  • E. M. X. Freire
    • 3
  • C. F. D. Rocha
    • 1
  1. 1.IBRAG-Departamento de EcologiaUniversidade do Estado do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciências Físicas e BiológicasUniversidade Regional do CaririCratoBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Botânica, Ecologia e ZoologiaUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do NorteNatalBrazil

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