This communication provides notes on 2 species of toads, Chaunus schneideri and Chaunus granulosus, infested with ixodid ticks, Amblyomma rotundatum, from the provinces of Corrientes and Formosa in northern Argentina. Chaunus schneideri is a new amphibian host record for A. rotundatum, a species previously reported to parasitize other anurans and also reptiles. We examined 74 ticks on 5 toads. All ticks were A. rotundatum; all adults were females, and all developmental stages were randomly attached to host body parts. Ticks remained attached to one of the toads for from 7 to 17 days after the host was captured. One toad, encumbered with 33 ticks, was moribund when found and died shortly thereafter.
Ticks, Amblyomma rotundatum (Acari: Ixodidae), on Toads, Chaunus schneideri and Chaunus granulosus (Anura: Bufonidae), in Northern Argentina
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Robert L. Smith, Juan A. Schnack, Eduardo F. Schaefer, Arturo I. Kehr; Ticks, Amblyomma rotundatum (Acari: Ixodidae), on Toads, Chaunus schneideri and Chaunus granulosus (Anura: Bufonidae), in Northern Argentina. J Parasitol 1 April 2008; 94 (2): 560–562. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-1271.1
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