Revista Mexicana De Biodiversidad | VOL. 86

Flea diversity and prevalence on arid-adapted rodents in the Oriental Basin, Mexico. Diversidad de pulgas y prevalencia en roedores de zonas aridas en la Cuenca Oriental, México

Publication Date Nov 10, 2015


Inventorying biodiversity is basic for conservation and natural resources management because constant loss of natural areas increase the need for fast biodiversity inventories. Desert flea diversity and associations are not well known in Mexican deserts, specially in the Oriental Basin. Rodents were trapped in the Oriental Basin through June 2007, 2009, and 2010, and July 2008, in 10 localities. A total of 144 rodents belonging to 10 species were trapped; a 133 were parasitized by 350 fleas belonging to 18 species. Peromyscus difficilis had the highest parasite richness with 9 species, followed by P. maniculatus with 8 species. The most abundant fleas in the OB were Poligenys vazquezi , Plusaetis parus , Meringis altipecten, and Plusaetis mathesoni . Seven species were found representing new records for three states.

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Oriental Basin
Peromyscus Difficilis
Mexican Deserts
Natural Resources Management
Loss Of Areas
Conservation Resources
Conservation Management
Flea Diversity
Parasite Richness
Biodiversity Inventories

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