Ectoparasite of A "Galap" Rhinoclemmys punctularia (Daudin) in Trinidad. W.I.

Dave D. Chadee, Ashton le Maitre, R. Ganesh, R.C. Persad


The ectoparasite, Amblyomma dissimile is widely distributed in the forested areas of Trinidad, West Indies. It is known to parasitize a wide range of reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, large lizards (Ameiva ameiva and Tupinambis nigropuctatus), caimans and the large toad, (Bufo marinus) (Aitken et ai, 1968). During 1961-1962, a total of 5,870 Amblyomma ticks including Amblyomma longirostre, A. calcaratum and A. dissimile were collected in the Bush Bush Forest, Nariva Swamp. Trinidad, West Indies. All ticks collected were tested for naturally occurring virusps but no isolations were made (Jonkers et al, 1968). This paper reports the first collection of the ectoparasite, Amblyomma dissimile, from the fresh water turtle, Rhinoclemmys punctularia (Daudin), in the Guayaguayare Forest, Trinidad, West Indies.

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