publication . Article . 2015

Feather mites (Acari, Astigmata) associated with birds in an Atlantic Forest fragment in Northeastern Brazil

HM Silva; FA Hernandes; M Pichorim;
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  • Published: 25 Sep 2015 Journal: Brazilian Journal of Biology, volume 75, pages 726-735 (issn: 1519-6984, eissn: 1678-4375, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: FapUNIFESP (SciELO)
AbstractThe present study reports associations between feather mites (Astigmata) and birds in an Atlantic Forest fragment in Rio Grande do Norte state, in Brazil. In the laboratory, mites were collected through visual examination of freshly killed birds. Overall, 172 individuals from 38 bird species were examined, between October 2011 and July 2012. The prevalence of feather mites was 80.8%, corresponding to 139 infested individuals distributed into 30 species and 15 families of hosts. Fifteen feather mite taxa could be identified to the species level, sixteen to the genus level and three to the subfamily level, distributed into the families Analgidae, Proctophy...
free text keywords: hosts, ectosymbionts, prevalence, community, Rio Grande do Norte, ectossimbiontes, prevalência, comunidade, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, Acari, biology.organism_classification, biology, Pteronyssidae, Proctophyllodidae, Feather mite, Bird Diseases, Ecology, Taxon, Zoology, Biodiversity, Feather, visual_art.visual_art_medium, visual_art, Science, Q, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, QL1-991, Botany, QK1-989
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