First parasitological survey of Calomyscus elburzensis (Rodentia; Calomyscidae); two new records of tick from Iran

Hamidi K       

Abstract

Rodent species have active role in transmission of serious pathogens and are reservoir for many zoonotic diseases, so their ectoparasitic fauna become of special concern. A survey of ectoparasites occurring on Calomyscus elburzensis was carried out from April through September 2014 in Khaje Morad- a rocky hillsides region situated in the southeast of Mashhad, Iran. A total of 48 Goodwin’s brush-tailed mouse C. elburzensis were examined. Two species of ticks were collected: Red sheep tick, Haemaphysalis punctata Canestrini and Fanzago, 1877 and Vole tick, Ixodes trianguliceps Birula, 1895. Also two specimens of pseudoscorpions, Withius nanus Mahnert 1988 (Cheliferoidea; Withiide) was hand-collected from body surface of this rodent. These are all new records from Iran and also from this small rodent. Also overall infection rate was 8.33% (4 infected out of 48 Goodwin’s brush-tailed mice). Although C. elburzensis populations in this area did not show a high infestation rate of ectoparasites, but with respect to the fact that infested rodents near human habitations may cause rodent-borne diseases among the inhabitants, thus further parasitological investigations are needed to explore the epidemiologic pattern related to such zoonotic diseases.


MS Received Date:   2015-02-18  MS Accepted Date:  2015-05-01  MS Published Date:  2015-05-02
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Hamidi K "First parasitological survey of Calomyscus elburzensis (Rodentia; Calomyscidae); two new records of tick from Iran" Journal of Zoology Studies 2.2 (2015): 42-46.
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Hamidi, K. (2015). First parasitological survey of Calomyscus elburzensis (Rodentia; Calomyscidae); two new records of tick from Iran. Journal of Zoology Studies, 2(2), 42-46.
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Hamidi K. First parasitological survey of Calomyscus elburzensis (Rodentia; Calomyscidae); two new records of tick from Iran. Journal of Zoology Studies. 2015; 2(2): 42-46.
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