Folia Parasitologica, vol. 58 (2011), issue 4

Folia Parasitologica 58[4] 322-325 (2011) | 10.14411/fp.2011.033

Argasid and spinturnicid mite load on swarming bats in the Tatra Mountains, Poland

Krzysztof Piksa, Magdalena Skwarek, Krzysztof Siuda
Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Institute of Biology, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Cracow, Poland

Altogether 445 bats, representing nine species, caught during swarming in the Lodowa Cave in Mount Ciemniak, Western Tatra Mountains, southern Poland, were examined for ectoparasitic mites. In total, 259 spinturnicid (Spinturnix mystacina, S. andegavinus, S. kolenatii, S. plecotinus and S. myoti) and 95 argasid (Carios vespertilionis) mites were collected from seven bat species, Myotis myotis, M. mystacinus, M. brandtii, M. daubentonii, Eptesicus nilssonii, Plecotus auritus, and Vespertilio murinus. There were sex-based differences in the prevalence of mites in some hosts but no differences in their mean intensity and there was no observed relationship between the number of mites and the condition of the bats. The prevalence of mites differed significantly between years in E. nilssonii. The results suggested a very low mite load on swarming bats that had no impact on the body condition of bats.

Received: May 19, 2011; Accepted: August 8, 2011; Published: November 16, 2011


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