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      Acari of lizards from Atlantic Forest in northeastern Brazil

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          Although mites are often associated with reptiles, there is little information available about parasites of lizards in Brazil. The aim of this study was to identify the ectoparasites of the lizards Kentropyx calcarata (Squamata: Teiidae), Hemidactylus mabouia (Squamata: Gekkonidae) and Tropidurus hispidus (Squamata: Tropiduridae) from northeastern Brazil. The lizards were captured during the dry season at Mata de Tejipió, a fragment of Atlantic Forest, located in the municipality of Recife, state of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil. Eutrombicula sp.(Acari: Trombiculidae), Geckobia hemidactyli and Geckobiella harrisi (Acari: Pterygosomatidae) were found associated with adult lizards of K. calcarata, H. mabouia,and T. hispidus, respectively. Mites were found in skin folds of the throat and post femoral regions ( Eutrombicula sp.), “mite-pockets” ( G. harrisi); and in axillary, dorsal, ventral and pelvic regions ( G. hemidactyli). In Brazil, this study widens the known geographical distribution of Geckobiella harrisi on T. hispidus and G. hemidactyli on H. mabouia. In addition, K. calcarata is recorded as a new host of Eutrombicula sp.These findings show the importance of ectoparasites as a tool for ecological and biogeographic studies.

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          Journal
          Neotropical Biology and Conservation
          NBC
          Pensoft Publishers
          2236-3777
          April 11 2019
          April 11 2019
          : 14
          : 1
          : 109-116
          Article
          10.3897/neotropical.14.e34840
          © 2019

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