Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 154–157 | Cite as

Parasitism underground: lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from Ctenomys talarum (Rodentia: Ctenomyidae) along its coastal distribution in Argentina

  • Natalia S. Martino
  • Mariano D. Romero
  • Ana I. MaliziaEmail author


Species of South American subterranean rodents belonging to the genus Ctenomys (commonly called tuco-tucos) are widely distributed across the southern Neotropical region. Despite their relatively well-studied biology and reproductive physiology, current knowledge of their ectoparasite fauna is limited to a few ambiguous studies, based on scattered samples from a small number of host individuals. Ctenomys talarum is the most widely distributed species in the genus. Lice (Phthiraptera) were collected from these tuco-tucos throughout their entire coastal range. Two species, one chewing louse (Gyropus parvus), and one sucking louse (Eulinognathus americanus) were collected. The distribution ranges for both louse species were extended with new locality records. No lice were found in two host populations. Furthermore, co-occurrence of both ectoparasites was not detected.


Subterranean rodents Ctenomys talarum ectoparasites lice Phthiraptera Gyropus Eulinognathus geographic distribution host-parasite system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia S. Martino
    • 1
  • Mariano D. Romero
    • 1
  • Ana I. Malizia
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Área Mastozoología, Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales Lorenzo ScagliaMar del PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y NaturalesUniversidad Nacional de Mar del PlataMar del PlataArgentina

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