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American Journal of Zoological Research. 2014, 2(1), 22-24
DOI: 10.12691/ajzr-2-1-4
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Ecological Survey of Earwigs (Hemimerus talpoides) as Ectoparasites of Wild African Giant Rat (Cricetomys gambianus) in Awka, Nigeria

Mogbo T. C.1, and Akunne C. E.1

1Department of Zoology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Pub. Date: January 20, 2014

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Mogbo T. C. and Akunne C. E.. Ecological Survey of Earwigs (Hemimerus talpoides) as Ectoparasites of Wild African Giant Rat (Cricetomys gambianus) in Awka, Nigeria. American Journal of Zoological Research. 2014; 2(1):22-24. doi: 10.12691/ajzr-2-1-4


This study was carried out for a period of two months to access earwigs as ectoparaiste of the African giant rat (Cricetomys gambianus) in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Three hundred and forty eight (348) trap-night efforts were made with the aid of 8 mammal traps during the study and a total of 12 giant rats comprising of 7 males and 5 females were trapped and examined for ectoprarsites. Six of the males were infested (85.7%) and 3 of the females were also infested (60%). Giant rat are parasitized by many ectoparasites like lice and mites but during the study one particular species of earwig (Hemimerus talpoides) was observed and was found mainly on the abdomen and dorsal region. The infestation of the giant rat in the different sites shows no statistical difference (P > 0.05) with reference to the sex of the giant rat and also the location.

Cricetomys gambianus earwig ectoparasites Hemimerus talpoides

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