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Chiroptera-associated dipteran ectoparasites (Nycteribiidae, Streblidae) in Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija Philippines

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Lord Mer DG. Pader, Elaida R. Fiegalan, Khristina G. Judan Cruz

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.13( 4), 29-37, October 2018


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Philippine Chiroptera-associated ectoparasites are not well-documented and their distribution and host-association are seldom studied. Identification and characterization of parasites infesting bats could give important aspects on their hosts and provide baseline for their dispersal capacity for transmission of infections. Ectoparasites were collected from bats and were identified using morphological characters.  Five ectoparasites representing 2 Dipteran families (Strebliidae and Nycteribiidae) and 5 genera were identified. Nycteribia sp ( Nycteribiidae) parasitizes bat species Ptenochirus jagori, Miniopterus australis, Hipposideros pygmaeusCyclopodia sp., and Eucampsipoda sp  were collected from Ptenochirus jagori  Brachytarsina was collected from Taphozous melanopogon as well as Hipposideros pygmaeusPenicillidia sp was found in Rhinolopus arcuatus.  This paper offers the first report of ectoparasites collected from species of Chiroptera inhabiting Minalungao National Park, including morphological characterization and host association.


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