Ectoparasites of small mammals in four localities of wildlife reserves in Peninsular Malaysia

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2011
Authors:A. Madinah, Fatimah, A., Mariana, A., Abdullah, M. - T.
Journal:The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Date Published:07-2011
Keywords:ectoparasites, Peninsular Malaysia, Small mammals, wildlife reserves

Field surveys of ectoparasites on rodents and scandents were conducted in four localities of wildlife reserves in Peninsular Malaysia from October 2008 to November 2009. A total of 16 animals comprising 5 species of hosts were caught and examined for ectoparasites. The hosts examined were Maxomys rajah, Maxomys whiteheadi, Leopoldamys sabanus, Lariscus insignis and Tupaia glis. Of these hosts, 9 genera, consisting of 14 species of ectoparasites were extracted. Three species of ticks (Ixodidae), 7 species of mesostigmatid mites (Laelaptidae), 3 species of chiggers (Trombiculidae) and 1 species of listrophorid mites (Listrophoriidae) were identified. The infestation rate of ectoparasites observed ranged from 12.5% to 62.5%. Among the ectoparasites found, Ixodes granulatus and Leptotrombidium deliense are of known medical importance.

Short Title:Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health
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