Ectoparasite burdens of the Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) from Southern Africa

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dc.contributor.author Lutermann, Heike
dc.contributor.author Carpenter-Kling, Tegan
dc.contributor.author Ueckermann, Edward A.
dc.contributor.author Gutjahr, Gundula
dc.contributor.author Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-18T09:26:11Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-18T09:26:11Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12
dc.description.abstract Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis) of the family Bathyergidae are widely distributed subterranean rodents in sub-Saharan Africa. No parasites have ever been reported for this species and only 1 ectoparasite is described for the entire genus. In the current study ectoparasites were collected from individuals captured at 3 localities in South Africa and Namibia to document the ectoparasite community of F. damarensis, investigate their aggregation patterns and evaluate the influence of season on ectoparasite burden. A total of 2,071 arthropods from 9 mite taxa and 1 louse species (Eulinognathus hilli) were collected from 293 hosts sampled. Of these 5 mite species (Androlaelaps scapularis, A. capensis, A. tauffliebi, Radfordia sp. and unidentified chiggers) and the louse were parasites while the remainder were soil mites. All ectoparasites were highly aggregated and the species richness as well as the prevalence and abundance of 4 of them were significantly greater in summer compared to winter, possibly as a result of seasonal changes in rainfall patterns affecting the ectoparasites and/or host behavior. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship NRF-SARChI chair for Mammalian Behavioural Ecology and Physiology, the NRF and the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/jrnlparasitology en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Lutermann, H, Carpenter-Kling, T, Ueckermann, EA, Gutjahr, G & Bennett, NC 2015, 'Ectoparasite burdens of the Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) from Southern Africa', Journal of Parasitology, vol. 101, no. 6, pp. 666-670. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0022-3395 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1937-2345 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1645/15-775
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51446
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher American Society of Parasitologists en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 American Society of Parasitologists en_ZA
dc.subject Ectoparasite burdens en_ZA
dc.subject Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) en_ZA
dc.subject Southern Africa en_ZA
dc.title Ectoparasite burdens of the Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) from Southern Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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