Behavioural characterisation of ectoparasites on a few tropical bats of southern India
Ectoparasites on bats compromise well with the host by extracting sufficient nourishment to maintain and propogate themselves. But they do not kill their host since it provides them with a home and free rides! A study of ectoparasites of bats was made in an area around Tirunelveli. Observations were made on a megachiropteran Rousettus leschenaulti and few microchiropterans such as Megaderma lyra, Taphozous melanopogon, Hipposideros speoris, H.ater and Pipistrellus domeri. These bats are infested by Nycteribiid and Streblid bat flies, Ischnopsyllid flea and Acarine arachnids. Current knowledge about bat ectoparasites is fragmentary. Host and climate affect the population size of ectoparasites.
Contact: Department of Zoology, Sarah Tucker College, Tirunelveli - 627 007, Tamil Nadu.