First quantitative data on the ectoparasitic mites of Sceloporus torquatus (Squamata) from the Ecological Reserve of Pedregal de San Angel in Central Mexico

Carmen Guzmán-Cornejo, Luis García-Prieto, J. Jaime Zúñiga-Vega, Ekaterina Sidorchuk
Twenty four live lizards Sceloporus torquatus were collected in the rainy season in the Reserva Ecológica del Pedregal de San Ángel (REPSA) in Mexico City to establish their ectoparasite census. A total of 1251 mites belonging to four species in three families (Ornithodoros talaje in Argasidae, Geckobiella pelaezi and Geckobiella texana in Pterygosomatidae, and Eutrombicula alfreddugesi in Trombiculidae) were collected. This is the first record of O. talajei for this host species. We detected
more » ... me differences in the infestation parameters of the four mite species. The prevalence of G. pelaezi, G. texana, and E. alfreddugesi was relatively high (>70%) and statistically different from that of O. talaje (<20%). Abundances of G. pelaezi and E. alfreddugesi were higher than in O. talaje and G. texana, and the latter species showed the lowest mean intensity. Further investigations are necessary to verify these differences and reveal their causes.
doi:10.24349/acarologia/20184292 fatcat:snqu2axtjzes7jenpfyuhejer4