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Volume 82, Issue 2


Seasonal variation of bat-flies (Diptera: Streblidae) in four bat species from a tropical dry forest

Valeria B. Salinas-Ramos
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Published Online: 2017-05-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0176


Seasonality of climate promotes differences in abundance and species composition of parasites, affecting host-parasite interactions. Studies have reported seasonal variation in bat-flies, which are obligate bat ectoparasites. We characterized the bat-fly load of three insectivores [Pteronotus davyi (Gray), Pteronotus parnellii (Gray) and Pteronotus personatus (Wagner)] and one nectarivorous [Leptonycteris yerbabuenae (Martínez and Villa-R.)] bat species in a tropical dry forest to test the existence of seasonality in response to the availability of resources during the wet and dry seasons. We collected 3710 bat-fly specimens belonging to six species and two genera from 497 bats. Most of the ectoparasite load parameters examined (mean abundance, mean intensity, richness, etc.), including comparisons among reproductive conditions and sex of the host, were similar in both seasons. Prevalence was the parameter that varied the most between seasons. The six bat-fly species were found in all bat species except P. personatus. The latter species and L. yerbabuenae had four and five bat-fly species in the wet and dry seasons, respectively. This study provides significant information of ectoparasites ecology in relation to seasonality, contributes to the understanding of host-parasite relationships in tropical dry forests and discusses the relevance of the abiotic and biotic factors that could impact host-parasite interactions.

Keywords: Chiroptera; ectoparasites; Mormoopidae; Phyllostomidae; seasonality; Streblidae


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Received: 2016-12-06

Accepted: 2017-04-11

Published Online: 2017-05-25

Published in Print: 2018-02-23

Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 82, Issue 2, Pages 133–143, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0176.

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