We analyzed the prevalence, intensity, and medium density of parasitism of Hesperoctenes fumarius infesting Molossus rufus in natural (hollow trees) and anthropogenic roosts (attics) in southeastern Brazil. The prevalence and intensity of infestations were higher in the hollow trees than in the attic roosts. We also noted a relationship between the amount of space available within the roost and the infestation levels of H. fumarius. One advantage of roosting in larger, often man-made, refuges may be the reduction in ectoparasite infestations.
Hesperoctenes fumarius (Hemiptera: Polyctenidae) Infesting Molossus rufus (Chiroptera: Molossidae) in Southeastern Brazil
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Carlos E. L. Esbérard, Andrea C. Jesus, Adarene G. Motta, Helena G. Bergallo, Donald Gettinger; Hesperoctenes fumarius (Hemiptera: Polyctenidae) Infesting Molossus rufus (Chiroptera: Molossidae) in Southeastern Brazil. J Parasitol 1 April 2005; 91 (2): 465–467. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-365R
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