Records of bat ectoparasites from the Luquillo Experimental Forest of Puerto Rico

TitleRecords of bat ectoparasites from the Luquillo Experimental Forest of Puerto Rico
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsGannon, MR, Willig, MR
JournalCaribbean Journal of Science
Volume30
Pagination281-283
Accession NumberLUQ.185
Keywordstropical bats
Abstract

During the course of ecological research in the Luquillo Experimental Forest (LEF)of Puerto Rico, we collected ectoparasites from seven species of bats: Artibeus jamaicensis, Brachyphylla cavernarum intermedia, Eptesicus fuscus wetmorei, Erophylla sezekorni sezekorni, Monophyllus redmani portoricensis, Pteronotus parmellii portoricensis, and Stenoderma rufum darioi. Herein, we report ectoparasites infesting these bats and provide comments on host-parasite associations. Bats were captured in the mist of nest from various locations withing the LEF during the dry (March) and rainy (June-August) seasons of 1988 and 1989. Withing 20 minutes of capture, wing an tale membranes, pelage, ears, and faces were examined for the presence of anthropods. Ectoparasites were removed and place in vials containing 70% ethyl alcohol; a separate vial stored all ectoparasites from each bat. Hosts were then banded and subsequently released.

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