Ticks and fleas in crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous) of Pernambuco state, Brazil

  • Edna Michelly de Sá Santos Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
  • Ricardo César de Souza Carneiro da Cunha Médico veterinário autônomo
  • Márcia Paula Oliveira Farias Universidade Federal do Piauí
  • Cristina Farias da Fonseca Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e Recursos Renováveis, Centro de Triagem de Animais Silvestres de Pernambuco
  • Jaqueline Bianque de Oliveira Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
  • Renata Ribeiro Novais de Carvalho Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária de Valença
  • Leucio Câmara Alves Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
Keywords: Flea, Tick, Amblyomma ovale, Crab-eating fox

Abstract

This study aimed to identify the species of fleas and ticks of Cerdocyon thous from the state of Pernambuco. Animals (n = 20) were examined, with 30% (6/20) ectoparasitized. Fleas (n = 16) and ticks (n = 17) parasitizing free-living crab-eating fox and captive in state of Pernambuco were collected. The fleas were identified as: Pulex irritans and Ctenocephalides felis; and the ticks were: Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato and Amblyomma ovale. The presence of ectoparasites of domestic animals parasitizing C. thous, suggests a close contact of this species to the peridomicile. Furthermore, this is the first report of the occurrence of A. ovale in C. thous in northeastern Brazil. 

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Author Biography

Edna Michelly de Sá Santos, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
DEPARTAMENTO DE MEDICINA VETERINÁRIA
Published
2016-12-19
How to Cite
Santos, E., Cunha, R. C., Farias, M. P., Fonseca, C., Oliveira, J., Carvalho, R., & Alves, L. (2016). Ticks and fleas in crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous) of Pernambuco state, Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 53(3), 295-299. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2016.110634