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J Med Entomol. 2018 Jun 28;55(4):1035-1039. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjy019.

New Locality Records of Ixodes granulatus and Ixodes vespertilionis (Acari: Ixodidae) From Tree-Shrews (Scandentia: Tupaiidae) and Bats (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) in Laos.

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1
Laboratory of Vector-Borne Diseases, Institut Pasteur du Laos, Samsenthai Road, Ban Kao-Gnot, Sisattanak District, Vientiane, Lao PDR.
2
Faculty of Environmental Sciences, National University of Laos, Dong Dok Campus, Xaythany District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.
3
Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution, MSC, MRC, Suitland, MD.
4
United States National Tick Collection, the James H. Oliver, Jr. Institute for Coastal Plain Science, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.
5
U.S. Naval Medical Research Center - Asia, Sembawang, Singapore.
6
United States Navy Entomology Center of Excellence, NAS, Jacksonville, FL.

Abstract

Between May and June 2015, 512 bats, six rodents, and six tree-shrews were examined for ectoparasites in Vientiane and Khammouane Provinces, Laos. Thirty-seven ticks (33 females and four males) identified as Ixodes granulatus Supino were collected from four individuals of the Northern tree-shrew, Tupaia belangeri (Wagner) (Scandentia:Tupaiidae), and one female of Ixodes vespertilionis Koch was collected from one individual of the Intermediate Leaf-nosed Bat, Hipposideros larvatus (Horsfield) (Chiroptera:Hipposideridae). This appears to be the first record of I. vespertilionis from Laos, as well as the first record of this host-parasite relationship in the Southeast Asia region.

PMID:
29897563
DOI:
10.1093/jme/tjy019

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