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Volume 60, Issue 1


Parasitism underground: lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from Ctenomys talarum (Rodentia: Ctenomyidae) along its coastal distribution in Argentina

Natalia S. Martino
  • Área Mastozoología, Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales Lorenzo Scaglia, Plaza España s/n, Mar del Plata 7600, Argentina;
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/ Mariano D. Romero
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/ Ana I. Malizia
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  • Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Mar del Plata 7600, Argentina
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Published Online: 2014-12-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0021


Species of South American subterranean rodents belonging to the genus Ctenomys (commonly called tuco-tucos) are widely distributed across the southern Neotropical region. Despite their relatively well-studied biology and reproductive physiology, current knowledge of their ectoparasite fauna is limited to a few ambiguous studies, based on scattered samples from a small number of host individuals. Ctenomys talarum is the most widely distributed species in the genus. Lice (Phthiraptera) were collected from these tuco-tucos throughout their entire coastal range. Two species, one chewing louse (Gyropus parvus), and one sucking louse (Eulinognathus americanus) were collected. The distribution ranges for both louse species were extended with new locality records. No lice were found in two host populations. Furthermore, co-occurrence of both ectoparasites was not detected.

Keywords: Subterranean rodents; Ctenomys talarum; ectoparasites; lice; Phthiraptera; Gyropus; Eulinognathus; geographic distribution; host-parasite system


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About the article

Received: 2014-06-04

Revised: 2014-10-09

Accepted: 2014-10-17

Published Online: 2014-12-30

Published in Print: 2014-03-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 60, Issue 1, Pages 154–157, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0021.

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