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Four blood sucking insects new for the Dutch Caribbean Islands

Hannco Bakker - 11 February 2019
Trichobius intermedius taken from Artibeus jamaicensis (Jamaica Fruit-eating Bat) / Photo: Jeremy Miller
Recently published research identified four blood sucking insects on bats new for the Dutch Caribbean. One true bug (Hemiptera) and three batfly species (Diptera) where found as ectoparasites on bats. Two species were found on the host Artibeus jamaicensis (Jamaica Fruit-eating Bat), one on Molossus molossus (Mastiff Bat) and one on Brachyphylla cavernarum (Antillean Fruit-eating Bat). All four species are recorded from bats on Sint Eustatius and are new to the Dutch Caribbean.
 

 

Source: 

Smit, J.T., Miller, J., 2019. Bat ectoparasites from Sint Eustatius, Lesser Antilles (Diptera: Hippoboscidae: Streblinae; Hemiptera: Polyctenidae). Journal of Parasitology. 105(1): 45-51.