Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 556–563 | Cite as

Bat flies (Diptera: Streblidae, Nycteribiidae) and mites (Acari) associated with bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in a high-altitude region in southern Minas Gerais, Brazil

  • Ligiane Martins Moras
  • Leopoldo Ferreira de Oliveira Bernardi
  • Gustavo Graciolli
  • Renato Gregorin
Original Paper

Abstract

A total of 71 bat flies belonging to families Nycteribiidae and Streblidae, and 37 mites were collected on 12 species of bats (Phyllostomidae and Vespertilionidae) from the Chapada do Abanador (Minas Gerais, Brazil), between July 2009 and April 2010. Two new occurrences of ectoparasites were recorded on Histiotus velatus (bat fly Basilia producta) and on Carollia perspicillata (mite Parichoronyssus bakeri). Five new occurrences were recorded for the state of Minas Gerais, increasing the range for bat flies Anatrichobius passosi, Paraeuctenodes similis, Basilia juquiensis, Basilia producta and for mite Periglischrus vargasi. Moreover, two new species of mites were recorded for Brazil (P. bakeri and Macronyssus aff. leislerianus). With regard to infracommunities, the most frequent association was between Anastrebla modestini and Exastinion clovisi on bat Anoura geoffroyi. This study contributed to characterize the fauna of bat ectoparasites in representative but poorly-sampled environments of the Atlantic Forest, the campos de altitude (high altitude grasslands) and cloud forests of southern Minas Gerais.

Keywords

Acari Nycteribiidae Streblidae bats high altitude 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ligiane Martins Moras
    • 1
  • Leopoldo Ferreira de Oliveira Bernardi
    • 2
  • Gustavo Graciolli
    • 3
  • Renato Gregorin
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratório de Mastozoologia, Departamento de ZoologiaUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo Horizonte, MGBrasil
  2. 2.Setor de Ecologia AplicadaUniversidade Federal de LavrasLavras, MGBrasil
  3. 3.Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da SaúdeUniversidade Federal de Mato Grosso do SulCampo Grande, MSBrasil
  4. 4.Laboratório de Sistemática e diversidade de mamíferos, Setor de Zoologia/Departamento de BiologiaUniversidade Federal de LavrasMGBrasil

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