Mapping and Identifying Ectoparasites on Kansas Bats

Authors: Elizabeth Schumann*, Fort Hays State University
Topics: Biogeography, United States, Cartography
Keywords: Biogeography, Kansas, Bats, Ectoparasites
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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We are looking at ectoparasite presence, absence, species, and locality on bats captured within the state of Kansas. This it to try and determine if there is any correlation between the presence of these ectoparasites as well as the bats' physical locations, the bats' age, sex, and reproductive status. We have found batbugs, a potential chewing louse, three different families of mites, and ticks. The mites belong to the families Spinturnicidae, Dermanyssidae, and Laelaptidae: Subfamily Haemogamasinae. Mites from the families Spinturnicidae and Dermanyssidae have been recorded on bats in Kansas, but the mites from subfamily Haemogamasinae do not appear to have been recorded yet in the state of Kansas. Batbugs are commonly found on bats throughout the United States. The potential chewing louse, however, may be an accidental occurrence from a bird nest as only one specimen was found throughout the two summer field seasons. Statistical analyses could only be performed on ectoparasites from Nycticeius humeralis, the Evening Bat, because it was the only species of a large enough sample size. The locations of the observations of each type of ectoparasite were mapped.

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