Ticks parasitizing dogs in an insular area of Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
ABSTRACT. Luz H.R., Mathias C. & Faccini J.L.H. [Ticks parasitizing dogs in an insular area of Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.] Carrapatos parasitando cães em uma área insular do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil. Revista Brasileira de Medicina Veterinária, 36(4):437-442, 2014. Curso de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Veterinárias, Instituto de Veterinária, Anexo 1, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Campus Seropédica, BR 465 Km 7, Seropédica, RJ 23897-970, Brasil. E-mail: email@example.com The navy training center (CADIM) at the sandbank of Marambaia, about 40 km long and approximately 49.4km2, is located in the Municipality of Mangaratiba, RJ. Here we present for the first time information on parasitism by ticks in dogs in an insular area of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Dogs in two different areas were examined from April/2013 to January 2014. Overall, 15 (PI=39 %) out of 38 dogs examined were parasitized. We collected 85 ticks (IMP 5.6 / dog) in the stages of adult (30FF and 20MM) and nymphs (35NN). We identified three species of ticks: R. sanguineus , A. aureolatum and A. sculptum . R. sanguineus was the most common tick collected in nine ( PI=60 % and = 5.3 IMP) dogs followed by A. aureolatum collected in six dogs ( PI=40 % / IMP=1.4 ) and A . sculptum collected in five dogs ( PI=33 % / IMP=3.2 ). We captured 118 free living ticks: 15 larvae identified as Amblyomma sp., and 41 nymphs and 62 adults identified as A. sculptum from which 26 ticks were collected wandering on the collectors.