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Infestation intensity of big brown bat Myotis myotis (Mammalia:Chiroptera) with parasitic mites from family Spinturnicidae (Acari: Gamasida) in relation to the host’s condition and habitat

Agnieszka Szubert-Kruszyńska

Abstract

The survey was focused on the host-parasite relationship between bats and their ectoparasites known as spinturnicid mites. Variation in intensity of parasitic mites in relation to the habitat, gender, age and body condition of bats was examined. The study was carried out in 12 maternity aggregations in western and southern Poland during summer seasons 2002-2008. There were 8 975 mite specimens collected from 565 captured bats. Collected data suggests that bats from cave breeding colonies have more parasites than bats from attic colonies, irrespective to sex and age of the host. Spinturnicid mites are more abundant on lactating female bats. Spinturnicid mites were present throughout the entire host pregnancy and nursery season with one visible peak in the abundance correlated with the bats births (June/July). The most abundant were protonimphs and adult mites, whereas deutonimphs were the least frequent. There were no correlation found between host condition parameters and parasite load. Bats and spinturnicid mites have been proved to harbor bacterial diseases agents. For the first time Anaplasma phagocytophilum was detected in sampled bat blood the same as Bartonella spp. and Rickettsia spp. agents were detected in sampled mites.
Record ID
UAMf9b90774b3314eb3b74d446151ba83d3
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Agnieszka Szubert-Kruszyńska (LoEB) Agnieszka Szubert-Kruszyńska,,
Title in Polish
Intensywnosć infestacji nocka dużego Myotis myotis (Mammalia: Chiroptera)przez pasożytnicze roztocze z rodziny Spinturnicidae (Acari: Gamasida) w zależności od kondycji i schronienia żywiciela
Title in English
Infestation intensity of big brown bat Myotis myotis (Mammalia:Chiroptera) with parasitic mites from family Spinturnicidae (Acari: Gamasida) in relation to the host’s condition and habitat
Language
pl Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Biology (SNP/WB/FoB)
Discipline
biology / (biological sciences domain) / (biological sciences)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
6.4 biological sciences
Defense Date
04-06-2012
Title date
04-06-2012
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/2600 opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Infestation intensity, Maternity aggregation
Abstract in English
The survey was focused on the host-parasite relationship between bats and their ectoparasites known as spinturnicid mites. Variation in intensity of parasitic mites in relation to the habitat, gender, age and body condition of bats was examined. The study was carried out in 12 maternity aggregations in western and southern Poland during summer seasons 2002-2008. There were 8 975 mite specimens collected from 565 captured bats. Collected data suggests that bats from cave breeding colonies have more parasites than bats from attic colonies, irrespective to sex and age of the host. Spinturnicid mites are more abundant on lactating female bats. Spinturnicid mites were present throughout the entire host pregnancy and nursery season with one visible peak in the abundance correlated with the bats births (June/July). The most abundant were protonimphs and adult mites, whereas deutonimphs were the least frequent. There were no correlation found between host condition parameters and parasite load. Bats and spinturnicid mites have been proved to harbor bacterial diseases agents. For the first time Anaplasma phagocytophilum was detected in sampled bat blood the same as Bartonella spp. and Rickettsia spp. agents were detected in sampled mites.

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