Variation in the abundance of ectoparasitic mites of flat-headed bats

Zhang, L, Parsons, Stuart, Daszak, P, Wei, L, Zhu, G, & Zhang, S (2010) Variation in the abundance of ectoparasitic mites of flat-headed bats. Journal of Mammalogy, 91(1), pp. 136-143.

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We investigated the ectoparasitic mite loads (Macronyssus: Macronyssidae: Acarina) on 2 species of flat-headed bats, Tylonycteris pachypus and T. robustula (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in 2 counties of Guangxi Province, southern China, from 2002 to 2005. In Longzhou County both species of bat occur sympatrically, but only T. pachypus occurs in Ningming County. Individuals of the smaller species (T. pachypus) harbored significantly more mites than did those of T. robustula. In both species males harbored more mites than nonreproductive females, pregnant females had more mites than lactating and nonreproductive females, and juveniles harbored more mites than adults. Mite load on both species of bats showed significant seasonal variation, declining from spring to winter. No correlation was found between mite load and size of the host colony. We discuss our findings in relation to the ecology and biology of both hosts and parasites.

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ID Code: 79750
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: China, ectoparasites, flat-headed bats, host characteristics, Macronyssus, parasite load, Tylonycteris pachypus, Tylonycteris robustula
DOI: 10.1644/08-MAMM-A-306R2.1
ISSN: 1545-1542
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: 2010 American Society of Mammalogists
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 04:24
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 02:56

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