Hectopsylla pulex (Haller, 1880) (Siphonaptera: Tungidae) infestation on Eptesicus furinalis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in the Central Andes of Colombia


  • Juan C. Cepeda-Duque Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES), Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Laboratorio de Ecología de Bosques Tropicales y Primatología (LEBTYP). Bogotá, D.C., Colombia. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0572-6268
  • Luis F. Ruiz-Correa Corporación Universitaria Santa Rosa de Cabal (UNISARC), Grupo de Investigación en Biología de la Conservación y Biotecnología. Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda, Colombia. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6944-8282
  • Alexandra Cardona-Giraldo Universidad de Manizales (UMANIZALES), Facultad de Ciencias e Ingeniería, Programa de Maestría en Tecnologías de la Información Geográfica. Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7534-994X
  • Paula A. Ossa-López Universidad de Caldas (UCALDAS), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Grupo de Investigación en Genética, Biodiversidad y Manejo de Ecosistemas (GEBIOME). Manizales, Caldas, Colombia; Universidad de Caldas (UCALDAS), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Doctorado en Ciencias – Biología. Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9079-4988
  • Fredy A. Rivera-Páez Universidad de Caldas (UCALDAS), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Grupo de Investigación en Genética, Biodiversidad y Manejo de Ecosistemas (GEBIOME). Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8048-5818
  • Héctor E. Ramírez-Chaves Universidad de Caldas (UCALDAS), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Grupo de Investigación en Genética, Biodiversidad y Manejo de Ecosistemas (GEBIOME). Manizales, Caldas, Colombia; Universidad de Caldas (UCALDAS), Centro de Museos, Museo de Historia Natural. Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2454-9482




Andes, Ectoparasite, Insectivorous bats, Peri-urban area, South America


Bat ectoparasites have a complex natural history narrowly tied to their hosts at ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary scales. As flying and social organisms, bats represent a potential mechanism of dispersal, a source of feeding, and a roost for ectoparasite reproduction. The chiggerflea Hectopsylla pulex (Siphonaptera: Tungidae) is widely distributed across the Neotropics. Females of this ectoparasite have been found in their neosomal form on bats of the family Molossidae, Noctilionidae, Phyllostomidae, and Vespertilionidae. Here we present the record of infestation of chiggerfleas on the Argentine bat, Eptesicus furinalis (Vespertilionidae) in Colombia, representing the first record of the flea on this species, and providing novel genetic information of this poorly known flea species.


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Cepeda-Duque, J. C., Ruiz-Correa, L. F., Cardona-Giraldo, A., Ossa-López, P. A., Rivera-Páez, F. A., & Ramírez-Chaves, H. E. (2021). Hectopsylla pulex (Haller, 1880) (Siphonaptera: Tungidae) infestation on Eptesicus furinalis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in the Central Andes of Colombia. Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 61, e20216138. https://doi.org/10.11606/1807-0205/2021.61.38



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