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Hyperparasitism in Amblyomma rotundatum (Acari: Ixodidae).

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of parasitology
Publication Date
Volume
93
Issue
6
Pages
1531–1532
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1645/GE-1277.1
PMID: 18314708
Source
Medline
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Abstract

In the present study, we report a case of hyperparasitism in Amblyomma rotundatum. During examination of live ticks immediately after collecting them from Boa constrictor snakes held in a reptile facility in Mossoró, RN, northeastern Brazil, 1 unengorged tick female was seen attached to the venter of a partially engorged female. The hypostome and chelicerae of the unengorged female had penetrated the integument of the partially engorged female to the level of the basis capitulli and the palps were splayed outward. To our knowledge, we present the second report of hyperparasitism for the genus Amblyomma.

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