Mites Macronyssidae Parasites of Passer domesticus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Passeriformes: Passeridae) in the Southern of Brazil

  • Luciana Siqueira Silveira dos Santos Laboratório de Parasitologia, Departamento de Microbiologia e Parasitologia, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Capão do Leão, RS, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5363-1955
  • Carolina Silveira Mascarenhas Laboratório de Parasitologia de Animais Silvestres, Departamento de Microbiologia e Parasitologia, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Capão do Leão, RS, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7045-0926
  • Paulo Roberto Silveira dos Santos Centro Nacional de Pesquisa para a Conservação das Aves Silvestres (CEMAVE), Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio), Pelotas, RS, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1273-8072
  • Nara Amélia da Rosa Farias Laboratório de Parasitologia, Departamento de Microbiologia e Parasitologia, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Capão do Leão, RS, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2011-5625
Palavras-chave: Haematophagous mites, House sparrows, Ornithonyssus, Parasitological indices, Pellonyssus

Resumo

The aim of this study was to report the species of haematophagous parasitic mites of Passer domesticus (Linnaeus, 1758) and analyze the infestation rates regarding to gender, body mass, and total length of the hosts. To do so, each of the 100 house sparrows captured in the urban area of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, was identified by gender, weighed, and measured. The mite collection was carried out after applying an ectoparasite-repelling talc in the body of the birds. Pellonyssus reedi was found in 29 house sparrows with mean intensity of 8.37 mites/host and Ornithonyssus bursa was found in two birds, only one male host showing co-infestation. The prevalence and mean intensity of P. reedi between male and female adults did not show significant difference, nor was there any correlation among species abundance, body mass, and total length of the house sparrows. We report the occurrence of P. reedi and O. bursa parasitizing P. domesticus in the southern of Brazil.

Publicado
2020-07-29