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Arcos-Garcia, José Luis;De La Rosa-Belmonte, Shirley J;López-Carmen, Fabiola;Vargas-Rodríguez, Lily M;Mendoza-Martínez, Germán D;López-Pozos, Roberto
Las garrapatas que parasitan a las iguanas verde y negra criadas en cautiverio
Temas de Ciencia y Tecnologia
Journal Article
Ctenosaura pectinata;Iguana iguana
Ticks are ectoparasites that can infect iguanas. In the wild, these ectoparasites do not represent a danger to the host, but when in captivity they can become a health problem for iguanas. The present study determined the presence of ectoparasites in green iguanas (Iguana iguana) and black iguanas (Ctenosaura pectinata) bred in captivity. Forty-two iguanas of each species were examined. Descriptive statistics were used and the records of the parasites and the location on the body where they were collected were analyzed by square chi to determine the areas of preference. Parasitized green iguanas were found to be more infested than black iguanas. The location of ticks on the body was different for each iguana species. The gill was the most parasitized area for both Amblyomma dissimile and Amblyoma scutatum species. Tick species were taxonomically identified, with A. dissimile and A. scutatum common to the Iguana iguana and Ctenosaura pectinata.