Ticks in wild animals at a resort and the first documentation of Amblyomma sculptum infesting Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

Carrapatos em animais selvagens em um resort e o primeiro registro de Amblyomma sculptum infestando Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

Izabela Mesquita Araújo Paulo Cesar Magalhães-Matos Matheus Dias Cordeiro Adlilton Pacheco Bruno Silva Rocha Luis Felipe Barbosa Braga Feitoza Argemiro Sanavria Adivaldo Henrique Fonseca About the authors

Abstract

The study aimed to identify species of ticks present in the environment and among captive animals, in Mangaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ticks were isolated from captive animals by manual examination and free-living ticks in the environment were captured using the flannel drag technique. A total of 91 ticks were obtained (51 adults, 25 nymphs and 15 larvae). The specimens were identified morphologically as Amblyomma sp., Amblyomma dubitatum, Amblyomma ovale and Amblyomma sculptum , and were distributed among five species of native mammals and an exotic bird. This study also reports the first case of infestation of the Australian emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) by A. sculptum.

Keywords:
Ticks; Amblyomma; wild animal; Rio de Janeiro; Brazil

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