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Title: Brazilian Distribution of Amblyomma varium Koch, 1844 (Acari: Ixodidae), a Common Parasite of Sloths (Mammalia: Xenarthra)
Authors: Marques, Sandro
Barros-Battesti, Darci Moraes
Faccini, João Luiz Horacio
Onofrio, Valeria Castilho
Keywords: Amblyomma varium   - Ixodidae - sloth - Brazilian geographic distribution
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2002
Publisher: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
Citation: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (ISSN: 1678-8060) Vol 97 Num 8
Abstract: Amblyomma varium   , commonly known in Brazil as the "carrapato-gigante-da-preguiça" (sloth's giant tick) is found from southern Central America to Argentina. The present study adds information on the geographical distribution of A. varium, as well as on their hosts, based on material deposited in the main Brazilian collections and on the available literature. Eighty-two vials, containing 191 adult specimens, deposited in five Acari collections between 1930 and 2001, were examined. These vials included data on the host and collection localities. The biology of A. varium is unknown. However it is known that, during the adult stage, the tick presents a high host specificity and is found almost exclusively on the sloths Bradypus tridactylus   , B. variegatus, B. torquatus (Bradypodidae), Choloepus hoffmanni   and C. didactylus (Megalonychidae). Based on the material examined, the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Bahia and Alagoas are newly assigned to geographic distribution of A. varium in Brazil.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19703
Other Identifiers: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=oc02249
Rights: Copyright 2002 - Instituto Oswaldo Cruz - Fiocruz
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