Ocurrence of Entomopathogenic Fungus from Flea Ctenocephalides canis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae)
Jonathan E. Ortega-Palomares1, Hector G. Nuñez-Palenius2, Ana M. Cruz-Avalos3,4, Aarón A. Hernández-Rangel1, Roberto Lezama-Gutiérrez5, César A. Angel-Sahagún2*
1Programa Educativo de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, División Ciencias de la Vida, Universidad de Guanajuato, Campus Irapuato-Salamanca, Irapuato, México.
2Departamento de Agronomía, División Ciencias de la Vida, Universidad de Guanajuato, Campus Irapuato-Salamanca, Irapuato, México.
3Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Irapuato, Abasolo, México.
4Posgrado en Biosciencias, División Ciencias de la Vida, Universidad de Guanajuato, Campus Irapuato-Salamanca, Irapuato, México.
5Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas y Agropecuarias, Universidad de Colima, Colima, México.
DOI: 10.4236/ojvm.2014.412034   PDF   HTML   XML   3,764 Downloads   4,833 Views   Citations


The objective of this study was to isolate entomopathogenic fungus from fleas (Ctenocephalides canis Curtis) collected from Cannis familiaris specimens. From 60 collected fleas, two dead insects presented white mycelia growth on the body surface, changing to a creamy color as time passed; the insects presented a mummified aspect, typical characteristic caused by entomopathogenic fungus. This fungus was identified as Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo-Crivelli) Vuillemin by their mycelia characteristics, macro- and micro-morphology. Up to our knowledge, this is the first report of entomopathogenic fungus isolated from adult C. canis fleas.

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Ortega-Palomares, J. , Nuñez-Palenius, H. , Cruz-Avalos, A. , Hernández-Rangel, A. , Lezama-Gutiérrez, R. and Angel-Sahagún, C. (2014) Ocurrence of Entomopathogenic Fungus from Flea Ctenocephalides canis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae). Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 4, 281-285. doi: 10.4236/ojvm.2014.412034.

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