Report on three ectoparasites of the Greater Short-nosed Fruit Bat Cynopterus sphinx Vahl, 1797 (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) in Cachar District of Assam, India

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Anisur Rahman
Parthankar Choudhury


Ectoparasites of bats (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), with a description of three species of of which two belong to order Mesostigmata (family: Ameroseiidae and Macronyssidae) and one belong to order Ixodida (family: Ixodidae), from northeastern India are discussed.  The present study was carried out for six months (January–June 2014) to identify the various ectoparasites of the Short-nosed Fruit Bat Cynopterus sphinx in Cachar District of Assam, northeastern India.  A total of 12 individuals of C. sphinx  was captured using mist nets from eight different localities of the study area.  During the study, a total of 125 parasites was collected from C. sphinx.  The identified parasites were Dermacentor sp. Indet., Ameroseius sp. Indet., and Steatonyssus sp. Indet. and falls under the class Arachnida. 

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Parthankar Choudhury, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Assam University, Silchar, Assam 788011, India.

Department of Ecology and Environmental Science,
Assam University, Silchar, Assam, India.


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