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MARTINS, João Ricardo; MEDRI, Ísis Meri; OLIVEIRA, Carlos Marcos and GUGLIELMONE, Alberto. Occurence of ticks on giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and collared anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla) in the pantanal region of Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2004, vol.34, n.1, pp. 293-295. ISSN 0103-8478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84782004000100048.
The occurrence of ticks on anteaters in the Pantanal region, Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil, between March and February 2001 is described. Tick species identified were Amblyomma cajennense (123 males and 63 females), A. parvum (35 males, 67 females) and A. nodosum (2 males), species considered as specific of anteater in its adult phase. A . cajennense was found in the majority of animals (15) followed by A. parvum (9) and by A. nodosum (2) from a total of 20 anteaters examined in the study period.
Keywords : Amblyomma; collared anteater; giant anteater; Ixodidae, Pantanal; ticks.