Sample records for capybara hydrochaeris hydrochaeris

  1. Effect of ascorbic acid on food preference and consumption in captive capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)


    Martín Roberto Alvarez; Fernando Osvaldo Kravetz


    The aim of this work was to study the short and long term influences of ascorbic acid on Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, if supplemented in their food. No differences regarding food intake were observed in the absence of vitamin C. On a daily basis, animals accustomed to food containing ascorbic acid prefered to continue eating the same food. Food preference in capybaras did not seem to depend on ascorbic acid availability; however, when accustomed to vitamin C, capybaras might recognize and selec...

  2. Description of Amblyomma romitii in Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris in São Francisco do Guapor, Rondônia

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    R. T. Kemper


    Full Text Available Abstract: The present work report the finding of the tick species Amblyomma romitii Tonelli Rondelli,1939, in S Francisco do Guaporcity, west of Rondia state, in the mesoregion Madeira-Guapor The specimen was found in a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris found dead on a farm in the region.Keywords: parasitism, Amblyomma, Rondônia, capybara

  3. Rapid identification of capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris through allele-specific PCR

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    Flávio Henrique-Silva


    Full Text Available The capybara is the largest rodent in the world and is widely distributed throughout Central and South America.  It is an animal of economic interest due to the pleasant flavor of its meat and higher protein content in comparison  to beef and pork meat.  The hide, hair and fat also have economic advantages. Thus,  as an animal with such high economic potential, it is the target of hunters, even though  hunting capybara is prohibited by law in Brazil.   Due to their  similarities,  capybara meat  is easily confused with  pork  meat.   This  occurs  upon  the apprehension of the  meat  from hunters, as well as in some restaurants that serve capybara meat that was slaughtered clandestinely. In both cases, when the meat is confiscated, those responsible for the crimes claim it is pork meat,  hindering  the enforcement of the law. A practical  course was ministered  to undergraduate biology students enrolled in the elective course Introduction to Genetic  Engineering  at Federal  University  of Sao Carlos (UFSCar, Sao Paulo  State, Brazil.  The  objective  of the  course was to establish  and  apply  a Polymerase  Chain  Reaction  (PCR assay to identify capybara meat and discriminate it in relation  to other types of meat,  including pork. Primers  were designed based  on 12S rRNA,  transthyretin and  growth  hormone  receptor  genes.  The primers generated  capybara specific fragments  of approximately 220, 290 and 330 bp for transthyretin,12S rRNA  and  growth  hormone  receptor,  respectively.   The  duplexes  developed  in the  present work can be used effectively to discriminate capybara meat  from other  animals,  contributing to combating predatory capybara hunting. The results were extensively discussed and the students have contributed to written a paper  to be submitted to a publication.

  4. Habitats, population densities, and social structure of capybaras (Hydrochaeris Hydrochaeris, Rodentia in the Pantanal, Brazil

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    Cleber J.R. Alho


    Full Text Available (1 The Pantanal is the central portion of a sunken flat plain bordering the upper Paraguay river, with an area of 140,000 km². Seasonal floods begin in January and end in April. From May to October the land dries out and campos (grassland formations and scattered pools appear. (2 Typical capybara habitat in the Pantanal is composed of three components: the water, a patch of forest, and a grass field for foraging. Highest densities of capybaras (14 individuals/km² were found during the rainy season when the available space for capybaras was reduced due to the flooding. Areas without ponds or creeks presented low densities (from 0.38 to 0.84 capybaras/km². Group sizes ranged from 2 to 49 individuals (x = 9.48. (3 Reproduction occurred year-round and young of different ages were seen throughout the year. However, the principal recruitment of young to the population was observed in July-August. While the females took turns in caring for young of different ages, probably the offspring of mothers who are sisters in the same social groups, the males competed intensively with each other for access to breeding females. The male's reproductive success appears to be limited to the number of breeding females that males have access to in the social group.

  5. Teor lipídico e perfil de ácidos graxos da carne de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris Lipid content and fatty-acids of capybara meat (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris

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    Nilo Salgado Jardim


    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com o presente trabalho avaliar o efeito dos fatores sexo e diferentes faixas de peso ao abate (30 a 40kg, 40 a 50kg e 50 a 60kg no teor de lipídeos e perfil de ácidos graxos (AG da carne de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris. As amostras constituíram-se da porção cranial do músculo longissimus dorsi de 28 capivaras (16 machos e 12 fêmeas provenientes de um mesmo zoocriadouro. As análises foram realizadas no Laboratório de Certificação da Qualidade de Carnes e Derivados do Instituto de Tecnologia de Alimentos-ITAL, em SP. Os lipídeos foram extraídos com clorofórmio/metanol (2:1, segundo Folch et al. (1957 e a composição de AG, por cromatografia gasosa (Bragagnolo, 1997. O músculo longissimus dorsi in natura de capivara apresentou média de 0,82% de lipídeos. Houve diferença (PThis work aimed to evaluate the effect of the factors sex and different slaughter weight ranges (30-40kg, 40-50kg, 50-60kg on the lipid content and fatty acids profiles of capybara meat. The samples were constituted of the cranial portion of the longissimus dorsi muscle of 28 capybaras (16 males and 12 females, from the same farm. The analyses were carried out at the Meats and Derived Quality Certification Laboratory of the Food Technology Institute - ITAL, in SP. The lipids were extracted using chloroform/ methanol (2:1 (v/v mixture, following the methodology of Folch et al. (1957, and the composition of fatty acids analysed by gas chromatography (Bragagnolo, 1997. The raw loin of capybara presented 0,82% of lipids. There was significant difference (P 0,05 among the contents of these fatty acids in males and females, and in the different slaughter weight ranges. A few significant differences between the factors sex and slaughter weight ranges were noticed in minor fatty acids. Comparing to the domestic species, the capybara meat analyzed in this work presented low total lipid content and high percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

  6. Meat and carcass characteristics of free-living capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

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    Gisele A. Felix


    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate carcass and meat characteristics of free-living capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris from agricultural areas of Grande Dourados, MS, Brazil. Carcass weight, yield and measures, as well as of commercial cuts weight of five animals (2 males and 3 females, body weight between 63.4-100 kg were determined. The following parameters: moisture, protein, fat, ash, Ca, P and Fe, water holding capacity, cooking losses, shear force and color Instrumental color in CIE-Lab coordinates were determined to meat cuts (Loin, ribs, L. dorsi, chuck/brisket, ham and bottom sirloin. The dressing percentage average value was 62.47% of body weight and cold carcass yield was 57.89% of body weight, with no difference between sexes. The mean percentage of cold loss was 4.10%. Cuts yielding (ribs 24.98% and ham 27.29% were not statistically different (P>0.05. There was no significantly (P> 0.05 difference between the moisture, protein and minerals content between the different cuts, but lipids content was significantly (P< 0.05 lower in loin. The results shown that free-living capybara have characteristics appropriate for commercialization, thus it is possible to development projects for the sustainable management of rural populations.

  7. Topografia da artéria hepática no fígado de capivara (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris Arrangement of hepatic artery in capybara (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris

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    Wilson Machado de Souza


    Full Text Available A distribuição dos ramos da artéria hepática, no fígado, foi estudada em 30 fígados de capivara (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris mediante injeção arterial com látex natural corado, fixação em formol a 10%, dissecção pela face visceral e esquematização. A lobação do fígado, nestes animais, é semelhante à do suíno, permitindo identificar os lobos lateral direito, medial direito, quadrado, medial esquerdo, lateral esquerdo e caudado (processos caudado e papilar. A artéria hepática divide-se mais freqüentemente (73,3% nos ramos direito e esquerdo e, em menor número de preparações (26,6%, trifurca-se nos ramos direito, intermédio e esquerdo. Esses vasos alcançam, sob diferentes arranjos, os lobos do fígado.The distribution of the hepatic arterial branches in capybara's (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris liver was studied in 30 animals. After arterial injection with stain natural latex, the organs were fixed in formaldehyde 10%, dissected and schematized. The lobation of the liver in these animals, is similar to the one of the swine, allowing to identify the following lobes: right lateral, right medial, quadrate, left medial, left lateral and caudate (processes caudate and papillary. The hepatic artery is divided more frequently (73.3% in the branches right and left and in lesser number of preparations (26.6%, the vessel gives three resulting in the branches right, intermediate and left. These vessels reach, under different arrangements the lobes of the liver, when appears coincident passages with the one of the biliferous ways and portal vein, allowing in this way establish an port-bilio-arterial division.

  8. Prevalence of antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania infantum, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Sarcocystis neurona, and Neospora caninum in Capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, from São Paulo State, Brazil. (United States)

    Valadas, Samantha; Gennari, Solange Maria; Yai, Lucia Eiko Oishi; Rosypal, Alexa C; Lindsay, David S


    Little is known about the importance of capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, as reservoirs for parasites of zoonotic or veterinary importance. Sera from 63 capybaras, from 6 counties in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, were examined for antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania infantum, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Sarcocystis neurona, and Neospora caninum using an indirect immunofluorescent antibody test. Five (8%) of the 63 capybaras had antibodies to T. cruzi epimastigotes. None of the samples from capybara reacted positively with L. infantum promastigotes or with spores of E. cuniculi . Two (3%) of the serum samples were positive for antibodies to S. neurona merozoites, and 2 (3%) of the serum samples were positive for antibodies to N. caninum tachyzoites. A serum sample from 1 capybara was positive for antibodies to both T. cruzi and N. caninum. None of the remaining 62 samples reacted with more than 1 parasite. PMID:20020808

  9. Composição centesimal e teor de colesterol dos cortes comerciais de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766 Centesimal composition and cholesterol content in commercial cuts of capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766

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    Sandra H. I. Oda


    Full Text Available Com o presente trabalho, objetivou-se determinar a composição centesimal e o teor de colesterol presente dos diferentes cortes comerciais da carne de capivara. A umidade, proteína, extrato etéreo e cinzas foram determinados segundo a AOAC (1990. O colesterol foi determinado por colorimetria. Os cortes comerciais apresentaram média de 75,80% de umidade; 21,74% de proteína; 0,74% de lipídios; 0,90% de cinzas; e 23,3 mg/100g de colesterol. Houve diferença (PThe aim of this work was to determine the proximate composition and cholesterol content in different commercial cuts of capybara. Moisture, crude fat, lipids and ash were determined following AOAC (1990 methods. Cholesterol content was determined by colorimetric method. Commercial cuts had values of: 75.8% of moisture; 21.74% of crude protein; 0.74% of crude fat; 0.90% of ash and 23.3mg/100g of cholesterol. There were significant (P<.05 differences on percentages of moisture and cholesterol content in the different commercial cuts. However, there was no difference on crude protein, crude fat and ash values. Results showed a lower percentage of lipids and cholesterol content in comparison with the meat of other species.

  10. Composição de ácidos graxos dos cortes comerciais de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766 Fat acids composition of the capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766 commercial cuts

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    Maria Cristina Bressan


    Full Text Available Com o presente trabalho teve-se como objetivo determinar o perfil de ácidos graxos (AG em diferentes cortes comerciais da carne de capivaras. Cinco capivaras adultas foram abatidas por tiro na região temporo-occiptal, sangradas, depeladas, evisceradas, divididas em 2 meias carcaças e resfriadas a 5ºC por 24horas. A desossa e os cortes comerciais foram realizados às 24 horas post mortem. O percentual da gordura foi determinado segundo a AOAC (1990, e para a determinação dos AG, a gordura foi extraída segundo Folch et al. (1957 e submetida à cromatografia gasosa. Os diferentes cortes mostraram variações significativas (PThe present work had as objective to determine the fat acids (FA profile in different commercial cuts of capybara meat. A total of five adults were slaughtered by shot in the temporo-occiptal region, bled, taken the skin out, eviscerated, divided in two half carcass and cooled at 5ºC for 24h. The taking out of the bone and the preparation of the commercial cuts were carried out at 24 h post mortem. The fat percentage was determined as AOAC (1990 and for the determination of FA, extraction was performed as Folch et al. (1957, followed by gas chromatography analysis. The different cuts showed significant variations (P<0,05 for the C16:0, C16:1ω7, C18:1ω9, C20:4ω6 and C22:4ω6 fat acids. The others fat acids did not differ among them. The ration ω3/ω6 was of 1:23.2, 1:10.9, 1:14.5, 1:18.7 and 1:17.3 for the hind leg, chest - plati, loin, palette and carré cuts, respectively.

  11. Occurrence of Fasciola hepatica (Linnaeus, 1758 in capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Ruth Massote Dracz


    Full Text Available Abstract Fasciola hepatica is a parasite that affects the hepatic ducts of several species of domestic and wild vertebrates, causing huge economic losses to livestock rearing worldwide. Reports on occurrences of F. hepatica in capybaras are an important epidemiological aspect of this disease, since these rodents can be a source of contamination for other animals and humans. In the present study, conducted in a rural area of the municipality of Confins, Minas Gerais, fresh feces from capybaras were collected from the ground near a lagoon at the edge of the Ribeirão da Mata river. These were examined using the technique of four metal sieves. F. hepatica eggs were recovered. This trematode species was confirmed by observing morphological characteristics and measuring the eggs recovered from the capybara feces, and through experimental infection of Lymnaea columella (Say, 1817 by miracidia from these eggs and subsequent infection of C57/BL06 mice with metacercariae originating from these infected mollusks. The data suggest the occurrence of natural cycle of F. hepatica in this region and provide a warning that expansion of the geographical distribution of this parasite by means of this rodent is possible. It is therefore important to adopting measures for epidemiological control of this helminthiasis.

  12. Occurrence of Fasciola hepatica (Linnaeus, 1758) in capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) (Linnaeus, 1766) in Minas Gerais, Brazil. (United States)

    Dracz, Ruth Massote; Ribeiro, Vinicius Marques Antunes; Pereira, Cintia Aparecida de Jesus; Lima, Walter Dos Santos


    Fasciola hepatica is a parasite that affects the hepatic ducts of several species of domestic and wild vertebrates, causing huge economic losses to livestock rearing worldwide. Reports on occurrences of F. hepatica in capybaras are an important epidemiological aspect of this disease, since these rodents can be a source of contamination for other animals and humans. In the present study, conducted in a rural area of the municipality of Confins, Minas Gerais, fresh feces from capybaras were collected from the ground near a lagoon at the edge of the Ribeirão da Mata river. These were examined using the technique of four metal sieves. F. hepatica eggs were recovered. This trematode species was confirmed by observing morphological characteristics and measuring the eggs recovered from the capybara feces, and through experimental infection of Lymnaea columella (Say, 1817) by miracidia from these eggs and subsequent infection of C57/BL06 mice with metacercariae originating from these infected mollusks. The data suggest the occurrence of natural cycle of F. hepatica in this region and provide a warning that expansion of the geographical distribution of this parasite by means of this rodent is possible. It is therefore important to adopting measures for epidemiological control of this helminthiasis.

  13. Soroprevalência da infecção leptospiral em capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris abatidas em um frigorífico do Rio Grande do Sul Seroprevalence of leptospiral infection in capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris in a slaughterhouse of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    Éverton F. Silva


    Full Text Available Capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris são roedores selvagens do continente americano com crescente importância comercial como fonte alternativa de carne para o consumo humano. Nessa espécie, os estudos sobre a soroprevalência da infecção leptospiral são escassos e restritos aos espécimes de vida livre. Relatamos aqui reações positivas para anticorpos aglutinantes anti-leptospiras em 27,3% (6/22 das capivaras abatidas em um frigorífico do Rio Grande do Sul. Os níveis mais altos de anticorpos sugerem infecção pelo sorogrupo Australis devido à reação para uma cepa de referência do sorovar Bratislava e para um isolado canino local do sorovar Australis, caracterizado como Leptospira noguchii. Esses resultados ressaltam que considerável parcela de capivaras criadas em cativeiro podem funcionar como reservatório de leptospiras patogênicas e chamam atenção para o risco ocupacional dos trabalhos que envolvem a criação e o abate dessa espécie animal.Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris are wild rodents from the American Continent with increasing importance as a commercial alternative source of meat for human consumption. Studies on seroprevalence for leptospiral infection are scarce and restricted to free living capybaras. We report detection of agglutinating antibodies against leptospires in 27% (6/22 of all animals in a slaughterhouse from Rio Grande do Sul. The highest antibody titers predicted Australis as the infecting serogroup due to reactions against a reference strain of serovar Bratislava and a canine local isolate of serovar Australis, characterized as Leptospira noguchii. The data presented in this report highlight that a considerable fraction of capybaras in captivity may behave as reservoir for pathogenic leptospires emphasizing the occupational risk of those who deal with animal farming and slaughter.

  14. Feeding associations between capybaras Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus (Mammalia, Hydrochaeridae and birds in the Lami Biological Reserve, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Associações alimentares entre capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus (Mammalia, Hydrochaeridae e aves na Reserva Biológica do Lami, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

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    Ana C. Tomazzoni


    Full Text Available Feeding associations between capybaras Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 and some bird species were registered in the Lami Biological Reserve, southern Brazil, through observations in a set of transects established in the five major vegetation types of the study area: shrubby and herbaceous swamps, wet grasslands, sandy grasslands and forests. Data included: date and time, vegetation type, bird species, number of individuals (birds and capybaras, type of prey consumed, foraging strategy of the birds and the behavior of the capybaras in relation to the presence of birds. Five species of birds were registered: Caracara plancus (Miller, 1777, Furnarius rufus (Gmelin, 1788, Machetornis rixosus (Vieillot, 1819, Milvago chimachima (Vieillot, 1816 and Molothrus bonariensis (Gmelin, 1789. The interactions were observed in the shrubby swamp (M. bonariensis, forest (C. plancus and wet grassland (F. rufus, M. rixosus, M. chimachima. The foraging strategies were: (1 use of the capybara as a perch, hunting from its back (M. rixosus, M. bonariensis; (2 use of the capybara as a beater, hunting in the ground (F. rufus, M. rixosus, M. bonariensis; (3 foraging in the skin of the capybara, by picking the ectoparasites (C. plancus, F. rufus, M. chimachima. Strategies (1 and (2 were employed to catch arthropods flushed from the vegetation. Sometimes, capybaras lay down and exposed the abdomen and lateral areas of their bodies to facilitate cleaning by M. chimachima, but the presence of other bird species seemed to be neutral to capybaras.Foram registradas associações alimentares entre capivaras Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 e aves na Reserva Biológica do Lami, sul do Brasil, por meio de observações em um conjunto de transecções estabelecidas nos cinco principais tipos de vegetação existentes na área: banhado arbustivo, banhado herbáceo, campo úmido, campo arenoso e mata. As informações coletadas foram: data, horário, tipo de vegeta

  15. Gastrintestinal helminths of capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris from the Paiaguás subregion, in the floodplain of “Mato Grosso do Sul”, Brazil/ Helmintos gastrintestinais de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris na sub-região de Paiaguás, Pantanal do Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil

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    Isaú Gouveia Arantes


    Full Text Available Six nematode, three cestode and five trematode species were identified in 30 capybara specimens (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L., 1766. The species of greater prevalence were: Protozoophaga obesa (96.66%, Viannella hydrochoeri (93.33%, Hydrochoerisnema anomalobursata (90.0%, F.I. P. obesa (80.0%, Taxorchis schistocotyle (76.66%, Hippocrepis hippocrepis (70.0%, Capillaria hydrochoeri (63.33%, F.I. (Viannella + Hydrochoerisnema (60.0%, Strongyloides chapini (56.66%, Monoecocestus macrobursatum (56.66%, F.I. Monoecocestus (46.66%, M. hydrochoeri (23.33% and M. hagmani (23.33%. On the other hand, Trichostrongylus axei, Neocotyle neocotyle, Nudacotyle valdevaginatus and N. tertius occurred at lower levels. The total of helminths identified in the 30 animals was of 236,097 being verified 110 (0.05% specimens in the stomach, 49,240 (20.85% in the small intestines, 186,747 (79.10% in the large intestines. The higher intensity variation were obtained by P. obesa, F.I. P. obesa, F.I. (Viannella + Hydrochoerisnema; V. hydrochoeri, S. chapini e N. valdevaginatus, with a mean of 3,900.0 (04-20,885, 2,958.1 (40-18,130, 689.7 (05-7,515, 601.5 (10-4,585, 765.3 (05-4,055 and 1,270.0 (0-1,270 worms per animal, respectively. V. hydrochoeri and S. chapini are the most pathogenic species, with clinical and subclinical parasitosis in capybara.Em trinta espécimes de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L., 1766 foram identificadas seis espécies de nematódeos, três de cestódeos e cinco de trematódeos. As espécies de maior prevalência foram: Protozoophaga obesa (96,66%, Viannella hydrochoeri (93,33%, Hydrochoerisnema anomalobursata (90,0%, F.I. P. obesa (80,0%, Taxorchis schistocotyle (76,66%, Hippocrepis hippocrepis (70,0%, Capillaria hydrochoeri (63,33%, F.I. (Viannella + Hydrochoerisnema (60,0%, Strongyloides chapini (56,66%, Monoecocestus macrobursatum (56,66%, F.I. Monoecocestus (46,66%, M. hydrochoeri (23,33% e M. hagmanni (23

  16. Efeitos dos métodos de abate e sexo na composição centesimal, perfil de ácidos graxos e colesterol da carne de capivaras Effect of two slaughter methods and sex on proximate composition, cholesterol content and fatty acids profile of capybara meat (Hydrochaeris Hydrochaeris L. 1766

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    Sandra H. I. Oda


    Full Text Available O objetivo desse trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos de métodos de abate (MA (humanitário (MH e por tiro (MT e sexo na composição centesimal, perfil de ácidos graxos (AG e colesterol da carne de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766. Foram abatidos 20 animais (13 machos (M e 7 fêmeas (F com peso médio de 45,71kg. No músculo longissimus dorsi (LD foram determinados: umidade, lipídios totais (LT, proteína e cinzas e no semimembranosus (SM, o colesterol por colorimetria e o perfil de AG por cromatografia gasosa. O LD apresentou: 75,87% de umidade, 1,37% de LT, 22,11% de proteínas e 1,09% de cinzas. Houve diferença (pThe objective of this work was to evaluate the effects of two slaughter methods: traditional (TS and head-shot (HS and sex on the proximate composition, fatty acids (FA profile and cholesterol content of capybara meat. Twenty animals (13 males (M and 7 females (F, weighting about 45.71kg, were slaughtered. In longissimus dorsi (LD muscle were determined: moisture, crude fat, protein and ash. In semimembranosus (SM muscle, were determined: cholesterol content for colorimetric method and fatty acids (FA profile for gas chromatography. The LD muscle had values of: 75.87% of moisture, 1.37% of crude fat, 22.11% of crude protein, 1.09% of ash. There were significant differences (p<0.01 between lipid contents of M (1.75% and F (0.98%. The FA in major concentration (% were: C16:0 (29.57; C18:1w9 (27.87; C18:2w6 (19.19; C18:0 (6.57; C18:3w3 (4.97; C14:0 (3.64; C20:4w6 (3.45; C18:1w7 (3.31 and C16:1w7 (1.90. Ratio value of poliunsaturated FA to saturated FA was 0.82. The average values of w6 FA and w3 FA were 23.41 and 5.63%, respectively. The factors sex and slaughter method had no effect on poliunsaturated FA percentages and cholesterol content (28.11mg/100g. Capybara meat presented low total lipid content and high crude protein values and FA w6/w3 ratio considered nutritionally adequated.

  17. Gastrintestinal helminths of capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, Linnaeus, 1766 in Cattle Breeding Farm in the area of the Ecological Reserve of Taim, Rio Grande

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    Afonso Lodovico Sinkoc


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was we observe the prevalence, intensity and mean intensity of theinfection by gastrintestinal helminths in capybaras. The helminths collected resulted in the following relationship with their respective prevalence and mean intensities of infection: Strongyloides sp. - 62.55% and 168.67; Protozoophaga obesa - 95.83% and 2698.26; Vianella hydrochoeri - 70.83% and 83.82; Hydrochoerisnema anomalobursata - 58.33% and 57.86; Capillaria hydrochoeri - 83.33% and 35.25; Trichuris spp. - 50.00% and 36.58; Hippocrepis hippocrepis - 62.50% and 22.40; Taxorchis schistocotyle - 12.50% and 2.33; Hydrochoeristrema cabrali - 45.83% and 10.73; Monoecocestus hydrochoeri - 50,00% and 28.25 and Monoecocestus jacobi - 41.67% and 5.40. The helminths M. hydrochoeri, Strongyloides sp., Trichuris spp., H. hippocrepis and H. cabrali showed a statistical differences between ages in the mean intensity of parasitism, and the first two presented higher values for the young animals and the last three for the adults.Com o objetivo de observar a prevalência, intensidade e intensidade média de infecção de helmintos gastrintestinais de capivaras foram estudados 24 animais na Granja Santa Maria, região do Banhado do Taim, Município de Rio Grande, RS. As espécies de helmintos coletadas resultaram na seguinte relação, com suas respectivas prevalências e intensidades médias de infecção: Strongyloides sp. - 62,5% e 168,67; Protozoophaga obesa - 95,83% e 2698,26; Vianella hydrochoeri - 70,83% e 83,82; Hydrochoerisnema anomalobursata - 58,33% e 57,86; Capillaria hydrochoeri - 83,33% e 35,25; Trichuris spp. - 50,00% e 36,58; Hippocrepis hippocrepis - 62,50 e 22,40; Taxorchis schistocotyle - 12,50% e 2,33; Hydrochoeristrema cabrali - 45,83% e 10,73; Monoecocestus hydrochoeri - 50,00% e 28,25 e Monoecocestus jacobi - 41,67% e 5,40. Os helmintos M. hydrochoeri, Strongyloides sp., Trichuris spp., H. hippocrepis e H. cabrali diferiram estatisticamente entre

  18. Adaptabilidad y tolerancia de Cidguiros (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris: hidrochaeridae al confinamiento

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    Full Text Available Fueron estudiados el tiempo de adaptación y las distancias interindividuales de 9 chigüiros subadultos y 19 juveniles mantenidos en cautividad, por separado, en encierros
    contiguos de 5 x 9 m. cada uno, dentro de una porqueriza. La dependencia y tolerancia a la presencia humana fué total a las 8 semanas en los juveniles y más pronto en los subadultos (2 semanas. La conducta agresiva es mayor en comederos adyacentes y semicirculares que en los separados linealmente unos de otros. El 49.77% de las veces los individuos juveniles realizan todas las actividades a menos de 0.5 m. mientras que sólo el 34.83 % de los subadultos lo hacen a la misma distancia. Es posible encontrar el 77.59% de las veces a cualquier individuo subadulto a una distancia mínima de entre 0.0 y 1.5 m. de otro, mientras que los juveniles lo están el 84% de las veces. Del estudio se deduce que los chigüiros se adaptan fácilmente al cautiverio y toleran altas densidades.Time of adaptation to human presence and interindividual distances of subadults and 19 juvenile capybaras (H. hydrochaeris, separately mantained in captivity in 5 x 9 m. pens, were studied. Dependence and tolerance to human presence was maximun within 8 weeks for the juveniles and within less than 2 weeks for the subadults. The agressive
    behaviour is more frequent in adyacent and semicircular feeders than in those lineally separated. The 49.77% of the times (N =424, juveniles individuals carried out their activities in less than 0.5 m., whereas only 34.83 % of the subadults did it at the same distance. It is possible to find any subadult individual 77.5% of the time at a minimun interindividual distance ranging between 0.0 and 1.5 m., whereas for the juveniles the possibility is 84% of the time. From the study is easily established that the capybaras
    are readily adaptable to captivity and tolerate rather high densities.

  19. Ocorrência de ixodidae parasitos de capivara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris linnaeus, 1766 na estação ecológica do Taim, Rio Grande - RS, Brasil Occurence of ixodidae parasites of capybara (Hydrochoeurus hydrochaeris linnaeus, 1766 in the ecologic area of Taim, Rio Grande - RS, Brazil

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    Afonso Lodovico Sinkoc


    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi identificar as espécies de carrapatos observadas sobre capivaras na Estação Ecológica do Taim, Rio Grande- RS, Brasil. Foram examinadas 27 capivaras encontradas mortas por atropelamento na BR 471, em seu trecho que corta a Estação, sendo cole lados 497 carrapatos das espécies Amblyomma cooperi (=A. lutzi; = A. ypisilophorum, Amblyomma triste, Amblyomma tigrinum e ninfas do gênero Amblyomma. A. cooperi representou 68,41% dos carrapatos identificados, com uma freqüência de parasitismo de 92,60% dos hospedeiros, enquanto A. triste representou 24,75% dos carrapatos em 44,43% dos hospedeiros e A. tigrinum foi coletado em 14,81% dos hospedeiros, totalizando 1,21% dos carrapatos. As ninfas de Amblyomma sp. foram cotetadas em 18,51% dos hospedeiros apresentando um percentual de 5,63% do total de carrapatos. A relação macho : fêmea apresentou valores de 2,3 : 1 e 2 : l para o A. cooperi e A. triste, respectivamente. Todos hospedeiros apresentavam-se parasitados, com uma média de 18,4 carrapatos, variando de 1 a 64 carrapatos coletados por hospedeiro.The aim of this article was the identification ofthe tick species observed on capybara in wildlife in the Ecologic Area of Taim, Rio Grande - RS; Brazil. Twenly seven capybaras found dead by trample in the road BR 471 in the Ecologic Area, wereexamined ticks coilected of the species Amblyomma cooperi (= A. lutzi and = A. ypisilophorum, Amblyomma triste, Amblyomma tigrinum and ninphs of the Genus Amblyomma. Amblyomma cooperi represented 68.41% of the ticks with a frequency of parasitism of 92.60% of the hosts; Amblyomma triste species represented 24.75% of the collected ticks m 44.43% of the hosts; Amblyomma tigrinum species were coilected m 14.81% of the hosts from a total of 1.21% of the found ticks and, the nimphs of Amblyomma were coilected in 18.51% of the hosts per forming 5.63% of the ali ticks coilected. The relation mate .female showed values of 2.3:1 and 2

  20. Valores hematológicos de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris Rodentia:Hydrochoeridae de vida livre na região de Campinas-SP Capybara's (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris hematological values free ranging life from Campinas regions, São Paulo state, Brazil

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar os valores hematológicos de 14 capivaras de vida livre capturadas nos municípios de Campinas, Monte Alegre do Sul e de São João da Boa Vista. Para a obtenção das amostras de sangue, os animais foram anestesiados via intramuscular, mediante associação de cloridrato de xilazina 2% e cloridrato de ketamina 1%, em doses de 4,5mg/kg/pv e 5,0mg/kg/pv, respectivamente. O sangue foi coletado em tubos contendo EDTA. Para a determinação dos números de eritrócitos e leucócitos, foi utilizada a metodologia tradicional da câmara de Neubauer. O hematócrito foi determinado pelo método de microhematócrito e a hemoglobina pelo método da cianometahemoglobina. Para a contagem diferencial de leucócitos, foi utilizada a técnica de Shilling. Os índices hematimétricos (VCM, HCM E CHCM foram determinados com os valores encontrados na série vermelha. Os resultados da série eritrocitária foram: 4,5 x10(6/miL ± 0,2; hemoglobina: 13.5g/dL ± 0,7; hematócrito: 40,4% ± 2; VCM: 90,2 fL ± 0,9; HCM: 30,1 pg ± 0,7; CHCM: 33,3g/dL ± 1. Na série leucocitária: 5,3 x10³/miL ± 2; bastonetes: 1 % ± 2,1; segmentados: 36,6 % ± 19,9; eosinófilos: 3,5 % ± 11,7; basófilos: 0%; linfócitos: 58,8 % ± 19,6; monócitos: 1,5% ± 2,1. Não foram encontrados os mielócitos e metamielócitos.The purpose of this study was to determine the hematological values of fourteen free life capybaras captured in three cities of São Paulo State, Brazil (Campinas, Monte Alegre do Sul and São João da Boa Vista. Blood samples were obtained with the animals anesthetized through association of 2% xilazine chloridrate and 1% ketamine chloridrate, in the doses of 4.5mg/kg/pv and 5.0mg/kg/pv respectively. The blood was collected using tubes containing EDTA. To determine the number of erythrocytes and leukocytes was used the traditional methodology of the Neubauer chamber. The hematocrit was determined by the microhematocrit method and

  1. Growth and development of the placenta in the capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris)

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    Kanashiro, Claudia; Santos, Tatiana C; Miglino, Maria Angelica;


    around 50 kg and a gestation period of around 150 days. We paid attention to the development of the lobulated arrangement of the placenta, the growth of the labyrinth in the course of gestation, the differentiation of the subplacenta, and the pattern of invasion by extraplacental trophoblast. METHODS...... electron microscopy. RESULTS: At the limb bud stage, the placenta was a pad of trophoblast covered by a layer of mesoderm from which fetal vessels were beginning to penetrate at folds in the surface. By 70 days, the placenta comprised areas of labyrinth (lobes) separated by interlobular areas. Placental...... growth resulted predominantly from proliferation of cellular trophoblast situated in nests at the fetal side of the placenta and along internally directed projections on fetal mesenchyme. Additional proliferation was demonstrated for cellular trophoblast within the labyrinth.Already at the limb bud stage...


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    Ariádina Reis Almeida


    Full Text Available The capybaras are quite common in the green areas of the capital of Paraná State, which include lakes and rivers within its boundaries. This study aimed to analyze the home range of a capybara population in one of these areas, the Tingui Park. The direct records of animal presence and some traces left by them in the studied area, as well as information regarding the social behavior of the species were recorded. The geographic coordinates of the recorded data were plotted on the Tingui Park map. The results showed that capybaras used the whole length of the park, however, there was a higher concentration of views, feces and marking territory in the northern region of the park, indicating that as the area of greatest use by capybaras. As for the behavior, the results showed instances of conflicts between the animals that may be related to competition for territory.

  3. Anti-Rickettsia spp. antibodies in free-ranging and captive capybaras from southern Brazil

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    Fernanda S. Fortes


    Full Text Available Capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris are among the main hosts of Amblyomma spp. ticks, which is able to transmit Rickettsia species to human beings and animals. Since they are often infested with potential vector ticks, capybaras may be used as sentinels for rickettsiosis, such as the Brazilian Spotted Fever. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of antibodies against Rickettsia spp. using the indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA in 21 free-ranging and 10 captive animals from the Zoological Park of the 'Bela Vista Biological Sanctuary' (BVBS, Itaipu Binational, Foz do Iguaçu, Southern Brazil. Antigens of six rickettsial species already identified in Brazil (Rickettsia rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. bellii, R. rhipicephali, R. amblyommii and R. felis were used for IFA. Ticks from each capybara were collected for posterior taxonomic identification. A total of 19 (61.3% samples reacted to at least one of tested species. Seropositivity was found in 14 (45.2%, 12 (38.7%, 5 (16.1%, 4 (12.9%, 3 (9.7% and 3 (9.7% animals for R. rickettsii, R. bellii, R. parkeri, R. amblyommii, R. felis and R. rhipicephali, respectively. Two captive capybaras presented suggestive titers of R. rickettsii infection and one sample showed homologous reaction to R. parkeri. Only one free-ranging capybara presented evidence R. bellii infection. Ticks collected on capybaras were identified as Amblyomma dubitatum e Amblyomma sp. Results evidenced the rickettsial circulation in the area, suggesting a potential role of capybaras on bacterial life cycle.

  4. Diagnóstico preliminar de la producción y comercialización del chigüiro (hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) en latinoamérica con énfasis en colombia


    Montoya, V. A.; Barragán, K. B.


    A través de una revisión bibliográfica, se realizó una aproximación diagnóstica de la producción y comercialización de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris en Brasil, Argentina, Venezuela y Colombia. Se determinaron los factores que afectan la producción y comercialización de la especie, y mediante un análisis de conglomerados basado en la información correspondiente al sistema productivo, se identificaron seis grupos de sistemas, que responden a las similitudes en aspectos relevantes de ...

  5. Área de acción del Chigüiro (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), en el municipio de Paz de Ariporo (Casanare, Colombia), durante la época seca: algunas consideraciones para su manejo


    Montenegro Olga Lucía; Pardo Vargas Lain Efrén


    La disminución de las poblaciones de chigüiro (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) en la Orinoquía colombiana, han motivado investigaciones que permitan la conservación y manejo de la especie. Con este fin, se analizaron los movimientos y el área de acción de cuatro individuos en la sabana inundable del Casanare (Orinoquía colombiana),
    en época de verano. Se empleó la técnica de telemetría para su seguimiento durante los meses de enero y febrero
    en intervalos de tres horas, entre...

  6. The role of river drainages in shaping the genetic structure of capybara populations. (United States)

    Byrne, María Soledad; Quintana, Rubén Darío; Bolkovic, María Luisa; Cassini, Marcelo H; Túnez, Juan Ignacio


    The capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, is an herbivorous rodent widely distributed throughout most of South American wetlands that lives closely associated with aquatic environments. In this work, we studied the genetic structure of the capybara throughout part of its geographic range in Argentina using a DNA fragment of the mitochondrial control region. Haplotypes obtained were compared with those available for populations from Paraguay and Venezuela. We found 22 haplotypes in 303 individuals. Hierarchical AMOVAs were performed to evaluate the role of river drainages in shaping the genetic structure of capybara populations at the regional and basin scales. In addition, two landscape genetic models, isolation by distance and isolation by resistance, were used to test whether genetic distance was associated with Euclidean distance (i.e. isolation by distance) or river corridor distance (i.e. isolation by resistance) at the basin scale. At the regional scale, the results of the AMOVA grouping populations by mayor river basins showed significant differences between them. At the basin scale, we also found significant differences between sub-basins in Paraguay, together with a significant correlation between genetic and river corridor distance. For Argentina and Venezuela, results were not significant. These results suggest that in Paraguay, the current genetic structure of capybaras is associated with the lack of dispersion corridors through permanent rivers. In contrast, limited structuring in Argentina and Venezuela is likely the result of periodic flooding facilitating dispersion.

  7. Presencia de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Hydrochoeridae, Rodentia, Mammalia en la cuenca del río Carcarañá, Santa Fe, Argentina: Comentarios acerca de su conservación y biogeografía en Argentina

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    Pablo G. Rimoldi


    Full Text Available El carpincho (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris es el roedor actual más grande del mundo y uno de los mamíferos típico de las Provincias Fitogeográficas Pampeana y del Espinal, habitando todo el sector Este de las mismas. Estas regiones han sido categorizadas por la World Wildlife Foundation (WWF como áreas "en peligro crítico/ amenazada", y se les asigna el nivel de máxima prioridad de conservación como consecuencia de la destrucción de hábitat, la sobreexplotación, la contaminación y la introducción de especies exóticas. El carpincho presenta una preferencia marcada por los ambientes con abundancia de cuerpos de agua donde la vegetación palustre le proporciona alimento y refugio. De esta forma, tanto los cuerpos de agua como la vegetación asociada es determinante para la prevalescencia de poblaciones de carpinchos en un ambiente determinado. Para la provincia de Santa Fe los registros no son muy abundantes, registrándose hasta la actualidad unos 33 puntos de colecta/observación, la gran mayoría ubicados en el centro y norte de la provincia. El objetivo de la presente contribución es presentar nuevos registros de presencia de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris en la cuenca del río Carcarañá (sur de la provincia de Santa Fe, y su asociación con algunas variables climático-ambientales y evaluar la distribución de esta especie. Finalmente, se discute la posible expansión o migración de este especie hacia el oeste de esta provincia y de la provincia de Buenos Aires.

  8. Diagnóstico preliminar de la producción y comercialización del chigüiro (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) en Latinoamérica con énfasis en Colombia


    K. B. Barragán; V. A. Montoya


    A través de una revisión bibliográfica, se realizó una aproximación diagnóstica de la producción y comercialización de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris en Brasil, Argentina, Venezuela y Colombia. Se determinaron los factores que afectan la producción y comercializaciónde la especie, y mediante un análisis de conglomerados basado en lainformación correspondiente al sistema productivo, se identificaron seis grupos de sistemas, que responden a las similitudes en aspectos relevantes de cada región, como...

  9. Epidemiological surveillance of capybaras and ticks on warning area for Brazilian spotted fever

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    José Brites-Neto


    Full Text Available Aim: The vulnerability of tropical developing countries to the emerging disease constitutes a critical phenomenon in which the invasion of wild niches by human hosts, contributes to expansion of zoonotic diseases, such as the Brazilian spotted fever (BSF. This study performed a diagnosis of species occurrence of their hosts (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris and vectors (Amblyomma sculptum and Amblyomma dubitatum on the warning area for this reemerging disease in Brazil. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in a warning area for BSF in the city of Americana, São Paulo state. The occurrence of capybaras was registered by use of binoculars and GPS equipment and 24 acarological researches were performed through 180 CO2 traps. Samples of adult ticks were dissected for salivary glands removal, DNA extraction, and evaluation by polymerase chain reaction (PCR being tested by initial gltA-PCR, ompA-PCR, and Rickettsia bellii-specific PCR, with the positive samples subjected to sequencing. Results: Eleven clusters of capybaras (total of 71 individuals, were observed along the riparian of Ribeirão Quilombo and 7,114 specimens of A. sculptum and 7,198 specimens of A. dubitatum were collected in this same area. About 568 samples of adult ticks were dissected for salivary glands removal, DNA extraction and evaluation by gltA-PCR, with results of 1.94% (11/568 of positive samples. Results for the initial gltA-PCR indicated none positive sample to Rickettsia species into A. sculptum and 11 positive samples to A. dubitatum. These samples were negative to the ompA-PCR and positive to the Rickettsia bellii-specific PCR protocol and subjected to DNA sequencing, whose result indicated 100% similarity to Rickettsia bellii. The distribution of tick species A. sculptum and A. dubitatum was configured regarding to the biotic potential of the riparian areas, measuring the risks for BSF in peri-urban areas of Americana. Conclusion: These results confirmed a status of

  10. Application testing with Capybara

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    Start performing integration testing with Capybara immediately. This book will get you up and running quickly and assumes no knowledge or experience of the technology.This book is for developers and testers who have had some exposure to Ruby but who want to know how to test their applications using Capybara and its compatible drivers, such as Selenium-Webdriver and Rack-Test. The examples are deliberately kept simple and example HTML mark-up is always included so that you can copy the examples to practice and experiment on your own machine.

  11. Journal of Parasitology


    Valadas, S; Gennari, S.M.; Yai, L. E. O.; Rosypal, A. C.; Lindsay, D S


    Little is known about the importance of capybara. Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, as reservoirs for parasites of zoonotic or veterinary importance. Sera from 63 capybaras, from 6 counties in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, were examined for antibodies to Trypanosoma cruel, Leishmania infantum, Encephalitozoon cuniculi. Sarcacystis neurona, and Neospora caninum using an indirect immunofluorescent antibody test. Five (8%) of the 63 capybaras had antibodies to T cruzi epimastigotes. None of the sampl...

  12. Ultrasound call detection in capybara

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    Selene S.C. Nogueira


    Full Text Available The vocal repertoire of some animal species has been considered a non-invasive tool to predict distress reactivity. In rats ultrasound emissions were reported as distress indicator. Capybaras[ vocal repertoire was reported recently and seems to have ultrasound calls, but this has not yet been confirmed. Thus, in order to check if a poor state of welfare was linked to ultrasound calls in the capybara vocal repertoire, the aim of this study was to track the presence of ultrasound emissions in 11 animals under three conditions: 1 unrestrained; 2 intermediately restrained, and 3 highly restrained. The ultrasound track identified frequencies in the range of 31.8±3.5 kHz in adults and 33.2±8.5 kHz in juveniles. These ultrasound frequencies occurred only when animals were highly restrained, physically restrained or injured during handling. We concluded that these calls with ultrasound components are related to pain and restraint because they did not occur when animals were free of restraint. Thus we suggest that this vocalization may be used as an additional tool to assess capybaras[ welfare.

  13. Pathology and first report of natural infections of the eye trematode Philophthalmus lachrymosus Braun, 1902 (Digenea, Philophthalmidae in a non-human mammalian host

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    Roberto Magalhães Pinto


    Full Text Available The avian eye trematode Philophthalmus lachrymosus Braun, 1902 is for the first time referred naturally occurring in a non-human mammalian host. Previously, natural infections with P. lachrymosus and other species of Philophthalmus have been occasionally reported from man, with few data on experimental infections of non-human mammals. Results presented here are related to the report of two cases of philophthalmosis due to natural infections of wild Brazilian capybaras, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L., 1766 with P. lachrymosus and associated pathology. Clinical signs, gross and microscopic lesions as well as new morphometric data on the parasite are presented.

  14. Trypanosoma evansi isolated from capybara (Hidrochaeris hidrochaeris

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    Karina Muñoz


    Full Text Available A study was conducted to determine the morphological and biometric characteristics of Trypanosoma isolated from 50 capybaras animals, raised in captivity in the Peruvian Amazon. Trypanosoma was found in 14 blood samples using the microhaematocrit, wide drop, and Giemsa-stain methods and T. evansi was identified through morphological details in all 14 positive samples (the subterminal kinetoplast, the developed undulating membrane, and a long free flagellum were used for the identification of the agent.

  15. Report on ticks collected in the Southeast and Mid-West regions of Brazil: analyzing the potential transmission of tick-borne pathogens to man

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    Full Text Available Specimens of ticks were collected in 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998, mostly from wild and domestic animals in the Southeast and Mid-West regions of Brazil. Nine species of Amblyommidae were identified: Anocentor nitens, Amblyomma cajennense, Amblyomma ovale, Amblyomma fulvum, Amblyomma striatum, Amblyomma rotundatum, Boophilus microplus, Boophilus annulatus, and Rhipicephalus sanguineus. The potential of these tick species as transmitters of pathogens to man was analyzed. A Flaviviridade Flavivirus was isolated from Amblyomma cajennense specimens collected from a sick capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris. Amblyomma cajennense is the main transmitter of Rickettsia rickettsii (=R. rickettsi, the causative agent of spotted fever in Brazil. Wild mammals, mainly capybaras and deer, infested by ticks and living in close contact with cattle, horses and dogs, offer the risk of transmission of wild zoonosis to these domestic animals and to man.

  16. A review of the nutritional content and technological parameters of indigenous sources of meat in South America. (United States)

    Saadoun, A; Cabrera, M C


    Meat yields, proximate compositions, fatty acids compositions and technological parameters are reviewed for species which might be further developed as indigenous sources of meat in South America. These include the alpaca (Lama pacos), capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), guanaco (Lama guanicoe), llama (Lama glama), nutria (Myocastor coypus), collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu), greater rhea (Rhea americana), lesser rhea (Rhea pennata), yacare (Caiman crocodilus yacare), tegu lizard (Tupinambis merianae) and green iguana (Iguana iguana).

  17. Dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) attracted to dung of the largest herbivorous rodent on earth: a comparison with human feces. (United States)

    Puker, Anderson; Correa, César M A; Korasaki, Vanesca; Ferreira, Kleyton R; Oliveira, Naiara G


    The capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (L.) (Rodentia: Caviidae), is the largest herbivorous rodent on Earth and abundant in the Neotropical region, which can provide a stable food source of dung for dung beetle communities (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). However, the use of capybara dung by dung beetles is poorly known. Here, we present data on the structure of the dung beetle community attracted to capybara dung and compare with the community attracted to human feces. Dung beetles were captured with pitfall traps baited with fresh capybara dung and human feces in pastures with exotic grass (Brachiaria spp.), patches of Brazilian savanna (Cerrado), and points of degraded riparian vegetation along the Aquidauana river in Anastácio and Aquidauana, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. In traps baited with human feces, 13,809 individuals of 31 species were captured, and in those baited with capybara dung 1,027 individuals belonging to 26 species were captured. The average number of individuals and species captured by the traps baited with human feces was greater than for capybara dung in all habitats studied. Composition of the communities attracted to human feces and capybara dung formed distinct groups in all habitats. Despite the smaller number of species and individuals captured in capybara dung when compared with human feces, capybara dung was attractive to dung beetles. In Brazil, the legalization of hunting these rodents has been debated, which would potentially affect the community and consequently the ecological functions performed by dung beetles that use the feces of these animals as a resource. In addition, the knowledge of the communities associated with capybaras may be important in predicting the consequences of future management of their populations.

  18. DNA extraction from skins of wild (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris and Pecari tajacu) and domestic (Sus scrofa domestica) species using a novel protocol. (United States)

    Ojeda, G N; Amavet, P S; Rueda, E C; Siroski, P A


    Sometimes, commercial products obtained from wild animals are sold as if they were from domestic animals and vice versa. At this point of the productive chain, legal control of possible wildlife products is difficult. Common in the commerce of northern Argentina, skins of two wild species, the carpincho and the collared peccary, look very similar to each other and to those of the domestic pig; it is extremely difficult to differentiate them after they have been tanned. Because there was no an adequate methodology to discriminate between leather of these three species, we developed a new methodology of DNA extraction from skin and leather. This new method involves digesting a leather sample using proteinase K, followed by precipitation of proteins with 5 M NaCl, cleaning with absolute isopropanol and DNA precipitation with 70% ethanol. DNA is hydrated in Tris-EDTA buffer. This protocol provided good-quality DNA suitable for analysis with molecular markers. This new protocol has potential for use in identifying leather products of these species using molecular markers based on RAPDs.

  19. Life Cycle of Amblyomma romitii (Acari: Ixodidae) Under Laboratory Conditions. (United States)

    Landulfo, G A; Luz, H R; Sampaio, J S; Faccini, J L H; Barros-Battesti, D M


    The life cycle of Amblyomma romitii Tonelli-Rondelli, 1939 is reported for the first time, using rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) for larvae and capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) for nymphs and adults, as experimental hosts. Developmental periods of free-living stages were observed in an incubator at 27 ± 1°C, 80 ± 10% relative humidity (RH), and 24-h darkness. The life cycle of A. romitii in the laboratory could be completed in an average period of 216.4 d. The overall sex ratio (M:F) was 1:1.4. The results showed that rabbits are quite suitable as experimental hosts for the larval stages of A. romitii, while capybaras are suitable experimental hosts for nymphs and adults. PMID:26487244

  20. First molecular detection of Rickettsia parkeri in Amblyomma tigrinum and Amblyomma dubitatum ticks from Uruguay. (United States)

    Lado, Paula; Castro, Oscar; Labruna, Marcelo B; Venzal, José M


    Rickettsia parkei is the etiological agent of spotted fever in Uruguay, where is transmitted to humans by the tick Amblyomma triste. In the present study, ticks were collected from capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) and domestic dogs during 2011-2012 in different parts of Uruguay. Three out of 11 (27.3%) Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected from capybaras, and 4 out of 6 (66.7%) Amblyomma tigrinum ticks collected from dogs were shown by molecular analyses to be infected by Rickettsia parkeri strain Maculatum 20. Until the present work, A. triste was the only tick species that was found infected by R. parkeri in Uruguay. This is the first report of R. parkeri infecting these two tick species in Uruguay, expanding the current distribution of this rickettsial pathogen in the country.

  1. Nutritional value of some feedstuffs used in the diet of captive capybaras

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    Djalma Nóbrega Ferreira


    Full Text Available Five pen-raised adult female capybaras were used in five digestibility trials in a Latin square design, to determine, for capybaras, the nutritional values of Cameroon grass (Pennisetum purpureum cv. Cameroon; Napier grass (P. purpureum cv. Napier; corn grain; cassava hay, comprising leaves and stems; and palm kernel (Elaeis guineensis cake. These feedstuffs were provided separately or mixed, in a completely randomized manner, in different experimental periods. The digestibility of each feedstuff not supplied alone was estimated by difference. The animals were individually introduced in metabolism pens. Following a 10-day period of adaptation to each diet, feed intake was recorded and total fecal output was collected over five consecutive days. Energy, crude protein and neutral detergent fiber digestibilities of Cameroon grass were, respectively, 0.88 (±0.07, standard deviation, 0.63 (±0.39 and 0.82 (±0.15. For Napier grass they were 0.84 (±0.05, 0.63 (±0.12 and 0.72 (±0.10; for corn grain, 0.92 (±0.05, 0.97 (±0.20 and 0.83 (±0.14; for cassava hay, 0.86 (±0.12, 0.84 (±0.14 and 0.43 (±0.16; and for palm kernel cake 0.94 (±0.05, 0.85 (±0.14, and 0.97 (±0.05. These digestibilities in capybaras were higher than the digestibilities of the same feedstuffs in other livestock. These results can be explained by the anatomical and physiological characteristics of the capybara, which lead to a high rate of nutrient digestion and absorption.


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    Mariano Bonomo


    Full Text Available In this paper the results of the studies carried out on ceramic and bone materials recorded at Cerro Tapera Vázquez site (Argentinean Northeast are presented. Taxonomic, anatomic and taphonomic studies of bone assemblages and technological-decorative analysis and refitting of pottery were undertaken. The site is located on a mound next to El Ceibo Creek, where 16 m2 were excavated in 2008. Abundant smooth, incised and modeled pottery (handles and zoomorphic appendages and numerous bones remains of Myocastor coypus (most frequent taxon, Blastocerus dichotomus, Ozotoceros bezoarticus, Cavia aperea, Leopardus geoffroyi, Lycalopex gymnocercus, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, birds and fish (Siluriformes and Characiformes were recorded. Except Cavia aperea rodent and Dusicyon gimnocercus fox, all taxa show evidence of anthropic modification (cut marks, fresh fractures and burning. Two radiocarbon dates were obtained: 650 and 520 yrs. BP. The results reached in this study lead to the conclusion that the pre-Hispanic populations that occupied Cerro Tapera Vázquez by the end of the Late Holocene were riverine canoe peoples, with complex ceramic technology and subsistence based on hunting of coypu, capybara and cervids, fishing and small-scale horticulture.

  3. Mamíferos não-voadores do campus "Luiz de Queiroz", Universidade de São Paulo, Piracicaba, Brasil Non-volant mammals of campus "Luiz de Queiroz", University of São Paulo, Piracicaba, Brazil

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    Carla Gheler-Costa


    Full Text Available The remaining portion of the Atlantic Forest within the State of Sao Paulo is highly fragmented and most of the remainders are wrapped up in an essentially agricultural mosaic. This study aims at the local surveying of non-volant mammals, including their distribution and relative abundance within the human-altered environments of campus "Luiz de Queiroz", University of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, São Paulo State, Brazil, an urbanized area bordered by two highways and the Piracicaba River. The landscape of the study area is characterized by a mosaic of small forest fragments surrounded by pastures, agriculture, and planted forests. Small mammals were captured from February to October, 2001, with an effort of 7056 day-traps, sampling the most representative environments of the campus: planted Eucalyptus (L'Héritier and Pinus (Shaw forests, native forest fragment, meadow, rubber tree (Hevea sp. plantation, agriculture and pasture area. Occurrence of medium and large frame mammals was recorded daily (morning and afternoon from November of 2000 to October of 2001 along a trail set up to merge the studied environments. Sixteen species of non-volant mammals were recorded, ten of medium or big body-size, and six of small body-size. Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 and coati (Nasua nasua (Linnaeus, 1766 were the most abundant species.


    Juan-Sallés, Carles; Martínez, Liliana Sofía; Rosas-Rosas, Arely G; Parás, Alberto; Martínez, Osvaldo; Hernández, Alejandra; Garner, Michael M


    Subacute and chronic mountain sickness of humans and the related brisket disease of cattle are characterized by right-sided congestive heart failure in individuals living at high altitudes as a result of sustained hypoxic pulmonary hypertension. Adaptations to high altitude and disease resistance vary among species, breeds, and individuals. The authors conducted a retrospective survey of right-sided cardiac hypertrophy associated with pulmonary arterial hypertrophy or arteriosclerosis in zoo mammals housed at Africam Safari (Puebla, México), which is located at 2,100 m above sea level. Seventeen animals with detailed pathology records matched the study criterion. Included were 10 maras (Dolichotis patagonum), 2 cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus oedipus), 2 capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris), and 1 case each of Bennet's wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), nilgai antelope (Boselaphus tragocamelus), and scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah). All had right-sided cardiac hypertrophy and a variety of arterial lesions restricted to the pulmonary circulation and causing arterial thickening with narrowing of the arterial lumen. Arterial lesions most often consisted of medial hypertrophy or hyperplasia of small and medium-sized pulmonary arteries. All maras also had single or multiple elevated plaques in the pulmonary arterial trunk consisting of fibrosis, accompanied by chondroid metaplasia in some cases. Both antelopes were juvenile and died with right-sided congestive heart failure associated with severe pulmonary arterial lesions. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first description of cardiac and pulmonary arterial disease in zoo mammals housed at high altitudes.


    Juan-Sallés, Carles; Martínez, Liliana Sofía; Rosas-Rosas, Arely G; Parás, Alberto; Martínez, Osvaldo; Hernández, Alejandra; Garner, Michael M


    Subacute and chronic mountain sickness of humans and the related brisket disease of cattle are characterized by right-sided congestive heart failure in individuals living at high altitudes as a result of sustained hypoxic pulmonary hypertension. Adaptations to high altitude and disease resistance vary among species, breeds, and individuals. The authors conducted a retrospective survey of right-sided cardiac hypertrophy associated with pulmonary arterial hypertrophy or arteriosclerosis in zoo mammals housed at Africam Safari (Puebla, México), which is located at 2,100 m above sea level. Seventeen animals with detailed pathology records matched the study criterion. Included were 10 maras (Dolichotis patagonum), 2 cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus oedipus), 2 capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris), and 1 case each of Bennet's wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), nilgai antelope (Boselaphus tragocamelus), and scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah). All had right-sided cardiac hypertrophy and a variety of arterial lesions restricted to the pulmonary circulation and causing arterial thickening with narrowing of the arterial lumen. Arterial lesions most often consisted of medial hypertrophy or hyperplasia of small and medium-sized pulmonary arteries. All maras also had single or multiple elevated plaques in the pulmonary arterial trunk consisting of fibrosis, accompanied by chondroid metaplasia in some cases. Both antelopes were juvenile and died with right-sided congestive heart failure associated with severe pulmonary arterial lesions. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first description of cardiac and pulmonary arterial disease in zoo mammals housed at high altitudes. PMID:26667539

  6. Molecular detection of the human pathogenic Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest in Amblyomma dubitatum ticks from Argentina. (United States)

    Monje, Lucas D; Nava, Santiago; Eberhardt, Ayelen T; Correa, Ana I; Guglielmone, Alberto A; Beldomenico, Pablo M


    To date, three tick-borne pathogenic Rickettsia species have been reported in different regions of Argentina, namely, R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, and R. massiliae. However, there are no reports available for the presence of tick-borne pathogens from the northeastern region of Argentina. This study evaluated the infection with Rickettsia species of Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected from vegetation and feeding from capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) in northeastern Argentina. From a total of 374 A. dubitatum ticks collected and evaluated by PCR for the presence of rickettsial DNA, 19 were positive for the presence of Rickettsia bellii DNA, two were positive for Rickettsia sp. strain COOPERI, and one was positive for the pathogenic Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest. To our knowledge, this study is the first report of the presence of the human pathogen Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest and Rickettsia sp. strain COOPERI in Argentina. Moreover, our findings posit A. dubitatum as a potential vector for this pathogenic strain of Rickettsia.

  7. Aspectos anatomopatológicos do parasitismo por nematódeos da superfamília Filarioidea em capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris de vida livre no Centro-Oeste brasileiro

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    Lorena F. Silva


    Full Text Available São descritos dois casos de parasitismo por Cruorifilaria tuberocauda em capivaras de vida livre no Distrito Federal, Brasil. Macroscopicamente, observou-se nas superfícies de corte dos rins espessamento acentuado de vasos das regiões cortical e córtico-medular. Microscopicamente, havia arterite proliferativa e granulomatosa acentuada associada a filarídeos intralesionais consistentes com Cruorifilaria tuberocauda. Esse é o primeiro relato do parasitismo por esse filarídeo em capivaras no Distrito Federal

  8. Trypanosoma evansi kDNA minicircle found in the Venezuelan nectar-feeding bat Leptonycteris curasoae (Glossophaginae), supports the hypothesis of multiple origins of that parasite in South America. (United States)

    Silva-Iturriza, Adriana; Nassar, Jafet M; García-Rawlins, Ariany M; Rosales, Romel; Mijares, Alfredo


    Trypanosoma evansi is a mammal generalist protozoon which causes negative effects on health and productivity in bovine and equine herds in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. By molecular methods, we screened the presence of that parasite together with other trypanosome species in 105 bats of 10 species collected in arid zones of northern Venezuela. The first molecular approach was fluorescent fragment length barcoding (FFLB), which relies on amplification of relative small regions of rRNA genes (four loci) and fluorescence detection. By FFLB, 17 samples showed patterns of possible trypanosomatid infections. These samples were used to test presence of trypanosomes by PCR using the following DNA markers: V7-V8 SSU rRNA, gGAPDH and kDNA minicircle regions. Only in one individual of the nectar-feeding bat, Leptonycteris curasoae, we were able to amplify 1000bp of the trypanosome kDNA minicircle. That PCR product was sequenced and the parasite species was determined by NCBI-BLAST and phylogenetic analysis. Both analyses showed that the minicircle sequence corresponds to Trypanosoma evansi. The phylogenetic analysis of the sequence obtained in this study clustered with a T. evansi sequence obtained in a Venezuelan capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, and distant of others two T. evansi sequences obtained in a Colombian capybara and horse. This result supports the hypothesis of multiple origins of T. evansi in South America. PMID:23111094

  9. Prey preferences of the jaguar Panthera onca reflect the post-Pleistocene demise of large prey.

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    Matt W Hayward


    Full Text Available Documenting the impacts of the Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions on predator-prey interactions is a challenge because of the incomplete fossil record and depauperate extant community structure. We used a comparative ecological approach to investigate whether the existing prey preference patterns of jaguars Panthera onca were potentially affected by the Pleistocene extinctions in the Americas compared with large felids in Africa and Asia. We reviewed the literature and found 25 studies reporting 3214 jaguar kills recorded throughout the species’ distribution. We found that jaguars significantly preferred capybara Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris and giant anteater Myrmecophaga tridactyla, and avoided agoutis, carnivorans, primates, black-eared opossum Didelphis marsupialis and tapirs. Generalised linear models showed that jaguars select prey primarily based on socio-ecological and behavioural traits (abundance and herd size, rather than morphological characteristics (body size. Nonetheless, their accessible prey weight range was 6-60 kg, preferred prey weight range was 45-85 kg, and mean mass of significantly preferred prey was 32 ± 13 kg leading to a predator to prey body mass ratio of 1:0.53, which is much less than that of other solitary felids. Compared with other large, solitary felids, jaguars have an unusual predator to prey body mass ratio, show limited effect of prey morphology as a driver of prey selection, lack evidence of optimal foraging beyond their preferred prey, and an absence of preferentially hunting on Cetartiodactyla herbivores. These features, coupled with the reduction in jaguar body mass since the Pleistocene, suggest that the loss of larger potential prey items within the preferred and accessible weight ranges at the end-Pleistocene still affects jaguar predatory behaviour. It may be that jaguars survived this mass extinction event by preferentially preying on relatively small species.

  10. [Seasonal evaluation of mammal species richness and abundance in the "Mário Viana" municipal reserve, Mato Grosso, Brasil]. (United States)

    Rocha, Ednaldo Cândido; Silva, Elias; Martins, Sebastião Venâncio; Barreto, Francisco Cândido Cardoso


    We evaluated seasonal species presence and richness, and abundance of medium and large sized mammalian terrestrial fauna in the "Mário Viana" Municipal Biological Reserve, Nova Xavantina, Mato Grosso, Brazil. During 2001, two monthly visits were made to an established transect, 2,820 m in length. Records of 22 mammal species were obtained and individual footprint sequences quantified for seasonal calculation of species richness and relative abundance index (x footprints/km traveled). All 22 species occurred during the rainy season, but only 18 during the dry season. Pseudalopex vetulus (Lund, 1842) (hoary fox), Eira barbara (Linnaeus, 1758) (tayra), Puma concolor (Linnaeus, 1771) (cougar) and Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766) (capybara) were only registered during the rainy season. The species diversity estimated using the Jackknife procedure in the dry season (19.83, CI = 2.73) was smaller than in the rainy season (25.67, CI = 3.43). Among the 18 species common in the two seasons, only four presented significantly different abundance indexes: Dasypus novemcinctus Linnaeus, 1758 (nine-banded armadillo), Euphractus sexcinctus (Linnaeus, 1758) (six-banded armadillo), Dasyprocta azarae Lichtenstein, 1823 (Azara's Agouti) and Tapirus terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758) (tapir). On the other hand, Priodontes maximus (Kerr, 1792) (giant armadillo) and Leopardus pardalis (Linnaeus, 1758) (ocelot) had identical abundance index over the two seasons. Distribution of species abundance in the sampled area followed the expected pattern for communities in equilibrium, especially in the rainy season, suggesting that the environment still maintains good characteristics for mammal conservation. The present study shows that the reserve, although only 470 ha in size, plays an important role for conservation of mastofauna of the area as a refuge in an environment full of anthropic influence (mainly cattle breeding in exotic pasture). PMID:18491629

  11. Características e potencial tecnológico da carne da capivara Characteristcs and technological potential of the capybara meat

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    Marcos Franke Pinto


    Full Text Available A carne de capivara tem conquistado espaço no mercado de carnes exóticas, justificando estudos que auxiliem no conhecimento de suas características e no aperfeiçoamento do seu processo de obtenção. Com esse objetivo, neste trabalho, os músculos Longissimus dorsi e Semimembranosus provenientes de animal macho, com idade entre 12 e 18 meses, foram submetidos a procedimentos analíticos visando a avaliar suas características e seu comportamento quanto aos aspectos tecnológicos. A carne apresentou um baixo teor de gordura, de 0,4% e 0,3% para os músculos L. dorsi e Semimembranosus, respectivamente. Foi observada uma correlação inversa (PThe good rank capybara meat has reached within the exotic meat market justifies studies on its physical-chemical composition and also on the improvement of the production process. With that aim, Longissimus dorsi and Semimembranosus muscles of male animals ageing 12 to 18 months were evaluated about composition and technological properties. It was found a low fat content in capybara meat - 0.4% and 0.3% for L. dorsi and Semimembranosus muscles, respectively. A inverse correlation (P<0.001 was found between sarcomere length and shear force. L. dorsi showed a shorter sarcomere lenght and a higher shear force (P<0.001 than Semimembranosus muscle (1.88 mum and 2.43 mum; 11.2 kg and 9.1kg, respectively, what denotes that capybara ham meat is tenderer than loin meat. Moreover, trimmings and viscera were used in the elaboration of meat products as hamburger, pátê and mortadella. Sensory analysis of those products showed good acceptance.

  12. Illegal hunting cases detected with molecular forensics in Brazil

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    Sanches Alexandra


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Illegal hunting is one of the major threats to vertebrate populations in tropical regions. This unsustainable practice has serious consequences not only for the target populations, but also for the dynamics and structure of tropical ecosystems. Generally, in cases of suspected illegal hunting, the only evidence available is pieces of meat, skin or bone. In these cases, species identification can only be reliably determined using molecular technologies. Here, we reported an investigative study of three cases of suspected wildlife poaching in which molecular biology techniques were employed to identify the hunted species from remains of meat. Findings By applying cytochrome b (cyt-b and cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI molecular markers, the suspected illegal poaching was confirmed by the identification of three wild species, capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, Chaco Chachalaca (Ortalis canicollis and Pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus. In Brazil, hunting is a criminal offense, and based on this evidence, the defendants were found guilty and punished with fines; they may still be sentenced to prison for a period of 6 to 12 months. Conclusions The genetic analysis used in this investigative study was suitable to diagnose the species killed and solve these criminal investigations. Molecular forensic techniques can therefore provide an important tool that enables local law enforcement agencies to apprehend illegal poachers.

  13. Interacciones sociales de un grupo de chigüiros (Hydrochoerue hidrochaeris: mammalia, mantenidos en confinamiento estricto

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    Romero Blanca


    Full Text Available The social interactions among ten captive capybaras (hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, 8 males and 2 females, captives in an area from 5 X 9 m. were studied. There exist one dominant male sexualy prefered by females. Agression does not seem to affect the social cohesion and the scent mark does not generate territoriality in the group. The anus-genital olfaction is not exclusive between individuals oí the same sex and does not seem to be useful in the detection oí oestral behaviour in females, There in a high sexual selectivity between individuals oí different sexo There was a good harmony and tolerance among the group oí capybaras¡ depending oí social and environmental
    Fueron estudiadas las interrelaciones sociales en un grupo de 10 chigüiros (8 machos y 2 hembras mantenidos en confinamiento en un área de 5 X 9 m. Existe dominancia social por parte de un macho al cual las hembras prefieren sexualmente. La agresión no parece afectar la cohesión social, así como la señalización (marcación social no genera territorialidad dentro del grupo. La olfación social a nivel anogenital no es exclusiva entre individuos de diferente sexo y no parece ser útil para establecer la conducta de estro en
    las hembras. Existe una alta selectividad en cuanto a la direccionalidad de las interacciones entre ellos, siendo de máxima importancia aquellas que tienen que ver con la reproducción. La armonía y tolerancia social dentro del
    grupo fue buena. Estos patrones de conducta hacen del chigüiro una especie susceptible de criar en altas densidades.

  14. Implicaciones de la resolución espacial sobre la estimación de modelos de distribución, evaluación de hábitat y cuotas de aprovechamiento del chigüiro (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris), en las sabanas inundables de la Orinoquía Colombiana


    Sarmiento Pinzón, Carlos Enrique


    Evaluamos diferentes aspectos relativos a la escala espacial que pueden influir sobre la variabilidad, precisión y confiabilidad de los modelos de distribución geográfica (presencia y densidad) del chigüiro en las Sabanas Inundables de la Orinoquía Colombiana. Dichos aspectos abarcan la resolución espacial y cubrimiento geográfico de las variables independientes y de las localidades de presencia y abundancia, así como las posibles implicaciones del uso de imágenes satelitales de diferente re...

  15. New tick records in Rondônia, Western Brazilian Amazon Novos relatos de carrapatos em Rondônia, Amazônia ocidental brasileira

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    Marcelo Bahia Labruna


    Full Text Available In the present study, we provide new tick records from Vilhena Municipality, in the Southeast of the State of Rondônia, Northern Brazil. Ticks collected from a capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, were identified as Amblyomma romitii Tonelli-Rondelli (1 female, and Amblyomma sp. (1 larva. Ticks collected from a harpy eagle, Harpia harpyja (Linnaeus, were identified as Amblyomma cajennense (Fabricius (16 nymphs and Haemaphysalis juxtakochi Cooley (1 nymph. Ticks collected from a yellow-footed tortoise, Chelonoidis denticulada (Linnaeus, were identified as Amblyomma rotundatum Koch (10 females, 2 nymphs, and Amblyomma sp. (2 larvae. The present record of A. romitii is the first in the State of Rondônia, and represents the southernmost record for this tick species, indicating that its distribution area is much larger than currently recognized. Although both A. cajennense and H. juxtakochi have been reported parasitizing various bird species, we provide the first tick records on a harpy eagle. A. rotundatum is widespread in the State of Rondônia, and has been previously reported on the yellow-footed tortoise. The present records increase the tick fauna of Rondônia to 26 species.O presente estudo relata novos achados de carrapatos provenientes do Município de Vilhena, Sudeste do Estado de Rondônia, na região Norte do Brasil. Carrapatos colhidos de uma capivara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, foram identificados como Amblyomma romitii Tonelli-Rondelli (1 fêmea e Amblyomma sp. (1 larva. Carrapatos colhidos de uma águia harpia, Harpia harpyja (Linnaeus, foram identificados como Amblyomma cajennense (Fabricius (16 ninfas e Haemaphysalis juxtakochi Cooley (1 ninfa. Carrapatos colhidos de um jabuti, Chelonoidis denticulada (Linnaeus, foram identificados como Amblyomma rotundatum Koch (10 fêmeas, 2 ninfas e Amblyomma sp. (2 larvas. O presente achado de A. romitii é o primeiro no Estado de Rondônia, representando o achado mais

  16. Non-legalized commerce in game meat in the Brazilian Amazon: a case study. (United States)

    Baía Jr, Pedro Chaves; Guimarães, Diva Anelie; Le Pendu, Yvonnick


    In tropical forests, wild game meat represents an option or the only protein source for some human populations. This study analyzed the wildlife meat trade destined to human consumption in an open market of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil. Wildlife meat trade was monitored during 2005 through interviews to vendors and consumers in order to evaluate the socioeconomic profile of the sellers, the main species and byproducts sold, their geographical origin, commercial value, frequency of sale and product demand. Data indicated that vendors were financially highly dependant of this activity, getting a monthly income up to US$271.49. During the survey, the amount of wildlife meat on sale added a total of 5 970kg, as follows: 63.2% capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), 34.4% cayman (Melanosuchus niger and/or Caiman crocodilus crocodilus), 1.1% paca (Cuniculus paca); 0.6% armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), 0.5% deer (Mazama americana), 0.2% matamata (Chelus fimbriatus), and 0.1% opossum (Didelphis marsupialis). Most of the commercialized species were not slaughtered locally. The consumption of wildlife meat was admitted by 94% of the interviewed, consisting of 27 ethno-species: 19 mammals, 6 reptiles, and 2 birds. The same percentage of the interviewed (94%) already bought wildlife meat of 18 species: 12 mammals and 6 reptiles. The great amount of wildlife meat traded and the important demand for these products by the local population, point out the necessity to adopt policies for a sustainable management of cinegetic species, guaranteeing the conservation of the environment, the improvement of living standards, and the maintenance of the local culture. PMID:20737856

  17. Molecular detection of Rickettsia bellii and Rickettsia sp. strain Colombianensi in ticks from Cordoba, Colombia. (United States)

    Miranda, Jorge; Mattar, Salim


    The purpose of this study was to provide molecular evidence of Rickettsia spp. in ticks collected from 2 sites of Cordoba. From May to June 2009, 1069 Amblyomma cajennense ticks were removed from 40 capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) in a rural locality of Monteria. Furthermore, 458 Amblyomma sp. larvae and 20 Amblyomma sp. nymphs were collected in a rural locality of Los Cordobas (Cordoba) by drag sampling on vegetation (n=1547). Ticks were grouped into pools and tested for rickettsial infection by real-time PCR targeting the rickettsial gene gltA. Subsequently, PCR targeting for gltA, ompA, ompB, and 16S rRNA, sequencing, and phylogenetic analyses were undertaken. Rickettsial DNA was detected in 10 (4.6%) out of 214 pools of ticks by RT-PCR. Five (33%) of free-living Amblyomma sp. larval pools were positive, as well as 5 (2.6%) pools from A. cajennense. Only the gltA gene was amplified from 5 pools of free-living larvae. The nucleotide sequences were 100% identical to R. bellii by BLAST. Only one pool from A. cajennense was positive for gltA, ompA, ompB, and 16S rRNA. The partial nucleotide sequences of these genes were 100% identical to nucleotide sequences of the same genes of a new proposed species Candidatus Rickettsia sp. strain Colombianensi. This is the first report of R. bellii in ticks in Colombia and the second report of detection of Candidatus Rickettsia sp. strain Colombianensi. These Rickettsia species are still considered of unknown pathogenicity. Further studies are needed to characterize the ecological and potential pathogenic role of these 2 Rickettsia species found in Cordoba.

  18. Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus as experimental hosts for Amblyomma dubitatum Neumann (Acari: Ixodidae Coelhos (Oryctolagus cuniculus como hospedeiros experimentais de Amblyomma dubitatum Neumann (Acari: Ixodidae

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    J. L.H. Faccini


    Full Text Available O ciclo biológico do Amblyomma dubitatum, que se alimentava experimentalmente em coelhos domésticos, foi avaliado em condições laboratoriais e comparado com dados recentemente obtidos de infestações experimentais em capivaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, hospedeiros naturais para essa espécie. Os coelhos foram considerados hospedeiros experimentais adequados para larvas e ninfas porque quatro dos cinco parâmetros avaliados (número de carrapatos que ingurgitaram, período de alimentação, percentagem de carrapatos que realizaram muda e período de pré-muda foram semelhantes aos resultados obtidos com capivaras. As percentagens diárias de desprendimento e de muda das larvas e ninfas confirmam os coelhos como hospedeiros experimentais adequados para esses estágios de A. dubitatum. Os resultados do experimento indicam que os coelhos são hospedeiros inadequados para os adultos.

  19. Bone morphology of the hind limbs in two caviomorph rodents. (United States)

    de Araújo, F A P; Sesoko, N F; Rahal, S C; Teixeira, C R; Müller, T R; Machado, M R F


    In order to evaluate the hind limbs of caviomorph rodents a descriptive analysis of the Cuniculus paca (Linnaeus, 1766) and Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766) was performed using anatomical specimens, radiography, computed tomography (CT) and full-coloured prototype models to generate bone anatomy data. The appendicular skeleton of the two largest rodents of Neotropical America was compared with the previously reported anatomical features of Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769) and domestic Cavia porcellus (Linnaeus, 1758). The structures were analyzed macroscopically and particular findings of each species reported. Features including the presence of articular fibular projection and lunulae were observed in the stifle joint of all rodents. Imaging aided in anatomical description and, specifically in the identification of bone structures in Cuniculus paca and Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris. The imaging findings were correlated with the anatomical structures observed. The data may be used in future studies comparing these animals to other rodents and mammalian species.

  20. Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae on wild animals from the Porto-Primavera Hydroelectric power station area, Brazil

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    Marcelo B Labruna


    Full Text Available From June 2000 to June 2001, a total of 741 ticks were collected from 51 free-living wild animals captured at the Porto-Primavera Hydroelectric power station area, located alongside an approximately 180 km course of the Paraná river, between the states of São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul, comprising 9 species of 3 genera: Ambly-omma (7 species, Boophilus (1 and Anocentor (1. A total of 421 immature Amblyomma ticks were reared in laboratory until the adult stage, allowing identification of the species. A. cajennense was the most frequent tick species (mostly immature stages collected on 9 host species: Myrmecophaga tridactyla, Tamandua tetradactyla,Cerdocyon thous, Puma concolor,Tayassu tajacu, Mazama gouazoubira,Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris,Alouatta caraya, Cebus apella. Other tick species were less common, generally restricted to certain host taxa.

  1. Roadkills of vertebrates in Venezuela Vertebrados mortos em estradas na Venezuela

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    Jan Pinowski


    Full Text Available This paper presents an analysis of vertebrate roadkills in five different habitats of tropical South America. Observations of vertebrate roadkills were conducted in 1978, on a 572 km road between Caracas and Mantecal/Apure in Venezuela, during the rainy season (June-October. During five passages on this route, which includes five distinct habitats, 79 vertebrate carcasses - mammals and reptiles - were found. If we assume that the carcasses remain for two days on the road, vehicles can be expected to strike 350 spectacled caimans Caiman crocodilus Linnaeus, 1758 (Alligatoridae during the rainy season alone. Similar calculations for other species yield 313 snakes and lizards, 294 opossums Didelphis marsupialis Linnaeus, 1758 (Didelphidae, 220 crab-eating foxes Cerdocyon thous (Linnaeus, 1776 (Canidae, 129 tamanduas Tamandua tetradactyla (Linnaeus, 1758 (Myrmecophagidae, 55 capybaras Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 (Hydrochaeridae and 37 eastern cottontails Sylvilagus floridanus Allen, 1890 (Leporidae. Numerous papers have been published on vertebrates killed by vehicles on roads in Europe, North America, and Australia, and several papers are available regarding vertebrate roadkills in Africa and Asia. From South America there are several papers on vertebrates, birds, and mammals, whereas from Venezuela only one and it deals with iguanas (Iguana iguana Linnaeus, 1758, Iguanidae.Este trabalho apresenta uma análise de vertebrados mortos em estrada em cinco habitats tropicais diferentes na América do Sul. As observações dos vertebrados mortos em estrada foram feitas em 1978, a 572 km da rodovia entre Caracas e Mantecal/Apure na Venezuela, durante a estação das chuvas (junho-outubro. Durante cinco passagens nesta rota, a qual inclui cinco habitats diferentes, foram encontradas 79 carcaças de vertebrados - répteis e mamíferos. Assumindo que as carcaças permaneçam por dois dias na estrada, é esperado que veículos matem 350

  2. Valores hematológicos e identificação morfo-citoquímica de células sangüíneas de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochoeris parasitadas por carrapatos e capivaras livres de infestação - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v25i1.2116 Hematological values and morpho-cytochemical blood cells identification of tick parasited capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochoeris and capybaras free of parasitism - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v25i1.2116

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    Antenor Aguiar Santos


    Full Text Available Amostras de sangue foram colhidas de 37 capivaras parasitadas por carrapatos e de 21 capivaras livres de infestação para a identificação dos diferentes tipos celulares circulantes e para realização de hemograma. Após análise morfológica, as células sangüíneas foram identificadas como heterófilos, eosinófilos, basófilos, linfócitos, monócitos e plaquetas. A reação de PAS demonstrou glicogênio no citoplasma dos heterófilos e plaquetas. Reação positiva para mieloperoxidase e lipídeos foi demonstrada apenas nos grânulos citoplasmáticos esféricos dos heterófilos e em todos os grânulos citoplasmáticos dos eosinófilos. O método do azul de bromofenol revelou reação fortemente positiva nos grânulos de heterófilos, eosinófilos, basófilos e nas hemácias. Reação positiva para fosfatase alcalina foi observada nos heterófilos e eosinófilos. Os valores hematimétricos que mostraram diferenças estatisticamente significantes (p6/µL e 2,81±0,62 x 106/µL, hematócrito (48.14±4.75% e 41,22±6.21%, e, na contagem diferencial, os heterófilos (39,38±11,02% e 16,14±7,13% e, eosinófilos (8,57±3,78% and 21,92±10,24%. Os carrapatos foram identificados como Amblyomma cajenense and Amblyomma cooperi. As capivaras altamente infestadas por esses carrapatos apresentaram anemia e uma eosinofilia marcante.Blood samples were collected from thirty seven adult parasited capybaras and twenty one free of parasitism aiming the characterization of different circulating cell types and complete hemogram. After a morphological analysis, the blood cells were identified as heterophils, eosinophils, basophils, lymphocytes, monocytes and platelets. The PAS reaction revealed glycogen in heterophils and platelets cytoplasm. A positive reaction was found only in heterophils round granules and in all cytoplasmic granules of eosinophils for the demonstration of myeloperoxidase activity and lipids. The bromofenol blue method revealed strong

  3. Serological identification of Rickettsia spp from the spotted fever group in capybaras in the region of Campinas - SP - Brazil Identificação sorológica de Rickettsia spp do grupo da febre maculosa em capivaras na região de Campinas, SP, Brasil

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    Celso Eduardo de Souza


    Full Text Available Diseases transmitted by ticks have been an important health problem all over the world. Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF stands for a serious epidemiological concern due to the high mortality rates pointed out. Capybaras are commonly incriminated as possible reservoirs in the BSF transmission cycle. In the last decades the numbers of these animals raised sharply and they have invaded human areas. They intensify the contact between ticks and humans beings. This study aim is to contribute to the possible role performed for this rodent in the BSF epidemiology in some areas located in Campinas region, São Paulo. Cabybaras infected by rickettsiae of BSF group were studied through the analysis of the frequencies of BSF-group rickettisae antibodies titer = 64 by indirect immunofluorescence test (IFA, and data from human cases epidemiological surveillance. The serum frequency positiveness varied greatly according to areas where animals were captured. However it was found serum positiviness only in the areas where human cases of BSF were reported. These findings suggest the capybara may be seen as sentinel animal. Due to presence of serological cross reactivity between microorganisms belonging to SF group, the results must be interpreted carefully and additional methods to distinguish pathogenic rickettsiae are required in our country.Doenças transmitidas por carrapatos vêm sendo um importante problema de saúde pública no mundo. A Febre Maculosa Brasileira (FMB representa um sério risco epidemiológico devido às altas taxas de letalidade apresentadas. As capivaras são freqüentemente incriminadas como possíveis reservatórios no ciclo de transmissão da FMB. Nas últimas décadas o número desses animais cresceu intensamente e eles invadiram os espaços humanos. As capivaras intensificam o contato entre carrapatos e seres humanos na medida em que se apresentam muito infestadas por estes parasitos. O objetivo deste estudo é contribuir para o


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    Néstor Javier Mancera Rodríguez


    Full Text Available Este trabajo ofrece un panorama sobre las actividades relacionadas con el comercio de bienes derivados de las especies de fauna silvestre en Colombia, abordando el tema desde el desarrollo que ha tenido su actividad productiva, el aprovechamiento extractivo, así como la dinámica de su comercio legal e ilegal en el país y el desarrollo y promoción de alternativas productivas sustentadas en su aprovechamiento. Se analizó la información secundaria de entidades como el Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial, las Corporaciones Autónomas Regionales y Autoridades Ambientales Urbanas, el Instituto Colombiano de Desarrollo Rural-INCODER, las Autoridades Policiales, los Institutos de Investigación, el Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística, la Dirección de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales-DIAN, el Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo, y PROEXPORT. entre otras. En Colombia, el comercio de especies de fauna silvestre está centrado principalmente en la extracción de ejemplares de forma ilegal, lo cual ha generado desequilibrios en las poblaciones naturales y ha repercutido en el deterioro de la dinámica de los ecosistemas. El comercio legal de fauna silvestre se basa en la producción de unas pocas especies entre las que se destacan la babilla (Caiman crocodilus, el chigüiro (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, cerca de 200 especies de peces ornamentales y en menor medida el lobo pollero (Tupinambis nigropunctatus, la iguana (Iguana iguana, la boa (Boa constrictor, escarabajos (Dynastes hercules y mariposas. En el país no se tiene información exacta sobre el número de incautaciones realizadas en los operativos de control al tráfico ilegal de fauna, y no existe un conocimiento de la dinámica de este comercio ilegal.This work offers a current view on the activities related to the trade of derived from the wildlife species in Colombia, approaching the topic from the development that has had its productive activity

  5. Mamíferos do município de Fênix, Paraná, Brasil: etnozoologia e conservação Mammals of the municipality of Fênix, Paraná, Brazil: ethnozoology and conservation

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    Fabiana Rocha-Mendes


    Full Text Available Com base na abordagem etnozoológica foram resgatadas informações históricas e atuais sobre a mastofauna do município de Fênix, mesorregião centro-ocidental do estado do Paraná, sul do Brasil. Para tanto, no ano de 2004, foram realizadas entrevistas com 19 moradores locais por meio de uma conversa informal que tinham por objetivo o preenchimento de um questionário básico e a apresentação de fotografias da fauna potencial da região. Como resultado, foram registradas 39 espécies de mamíferos, sendo que destas, pelo menos seis são novos registros para a área. Informações obtidas em relação à caça indicam que esta atividade, muito comum no passado, ainda é presente, inclusive em unidades de conservação, como o Parque Estadual Vila Rica do Espírito Santo. As espécies que sofreram e sofrem maior pressão de caça são as mesmas citadas para outras partes do neotrópico. Atualmente, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 (Hydrochaeridae é a espécie mais procurada, dada à facilidade de encontrá-la em diversas áreas naturais ou parcialmente antropizadas do município. No que se refere à predação causada por animais silvestres sobre animais domésticos, quase 80% dos entrevistados relataram ter sofrido perdas em suas criações, principalmente galinhas, resultantes de ataques de carnívoros de médio porte. Dados sobre alterações temporais na composição da mastofauna também foram obtidos junto aos entrevistados, como a extinção local de alguns mamíferos de grande porte (Panthera onca (Linnaeus, 1758 (Felidae, Tapirus terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758 (Tapiridae e Tayassu pecari (Link, 1795 (Tayassuidae e o aumento populacional de Cebus nigritus (Goldfuss, 1809 (Cebidae e de Nasua nasua (Linnaeus 1766 (Procyonidae, supostamente relacionado ao consumo de plantações como o milho.Based on an ethnozoological approach we obtained historical and present information on the mammalian fauna of the municipality of Fênix

  6. Zooarqueologia dos mamíferos aquáticos e semi-aquáticos da Ilha de Santa Catarina, sul do Brasil

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    Pedro Volkmer de Castilho


    Full Text Available This study analyzes the use of aquatic mammals by prehistoric societies of Santa Catarina Island, Southern Brazil. Samples from two archaeological sites were examined: Rio do Meio (RM and Porto do Rio Vermelho (SCPRV. Nine aquatic mammal species were found: a pinnipeds: Arctocephalus australis (Zimmerman, 1783 and A. tropicalis (Gray, 1872, and b cetaceans: Eubalaena australis (Desmoulins, 1822, Delphinus delphis Linnaeus, 1758, Stenella frontalis (Cuvier, 1829, Steno bredanensis (Lesson, 1828, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821, Pontoporia blainvillei (Gervais & d'Orbigny, 1844 and a non-identified rorqual from the genus Balaenoptera Lacépède, 1804. Three especies of semi-aquatic mammals were also recorded: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1758, Tapirus terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758 and Lontra longicaudis (Olfers,1818. Both sites presented similar species diversity, although abundance was greater at the most recent site (RM. There were more samples from axial skeletons, but in genera the anatomical regions were homogeneously distributed among the identified taxa.


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    Ronald M. Lozano


    Full Text Available La investigación consistió en la caracterización bromatológica y determinación microbiológica de muestras de carnes procedentes de ocho especies de animales silvestres: huangana (Tayassu pecari, majaz o picuro (Agouti paca, sajino (Tayassu tajacu, venado colorado (Mazama americana, tapir (Tapirus terrestris, añuje (Dasyprota fuliginosa, ronsoco (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris y armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus; en las localidades de Puerto Belén-Roya-Utucuro, Santa Rosa de Aguaytía, Santa Luz de Abujao, Tacshitea–Sector Parinari en dos ocasiones, ubicadas en las márgenes del río Ucayali y sus afluentes, que fueron analizarlas por la empresa Servicios de Asesoramiento Técnico S.A.C. en Lima.  La caracterización bromatológica indicó que el añuje (Dasyprota fuliginosa mostró el mayor contenido en Proteína cruda seguido de la huangana (Tayassu pecari; en el contenido de grasa destacaron las especies  armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus y la sachavaca (Tapirus terrestris así también en su contenido calórico.  La especie venado colorado (Mazama americana mostró un mayor valor en cenizas y en carbohidratos la especie huangana (Tayassu pecari.  La determinación microbiológica indicó que todas las muestras presentaron niveles de contaminación dentro de los límites permitidos para aerobios mesófilos viables y niveles de contaminación por coliformes totales, coliformes fecales, algunos muy elevados y también de mohos y levaduras.  Todos presentaron ausencia de Salmonella.


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    Lizcano L.


    Full Text Available Los indicadores hematológicos y hemoquímicos de la Dasyprocta fuliginosa (guara, guatín o ñeque en cautiverio se realizaron en el municipio de Florencia, Caquetá (Colombia, pretendiendo iniciar una referencia de datos para estudios de conservación, manejo productivo y clínico de la especie. Fueron utilizados diez animales machos en dos estados de desarrollo (juveniles y adultos. Para hemograma se determinaron hematocrito (técnica de microhematocrito, hemoglobina (método espectrofotométrico de la cianometahemoglobina, recuento total de leucocitos (técnica del hemocitómetro y recuento diferencial de leucocitos (frotis sanguíneo coloreado, y en hemoquímica se determinó glicemia (método GOD-PAP, colesterol (método CHOD-PAP, triglicéridos (método GPO-PAP, proteínas totales (método Biuret y creatinina (método colorimétrico simétrico. Los valores promedios para los parámetros evaluados en hemograma fueron: hematocrito 49,9 ± 2,9%; hemoglobina 16,5 ± 1,1 g/dl; recuento leucocitario total 6650 ± 1276,9 leucocitos/mm3; neutrófilos 17,7 ± 12,9%; linfocitos 77,6 ± 12,4%, y eosinófilos 5,1 ± 3,2 %. Para hemoquímica los resultados fueron: glicemia 249,9 ± 47,1 mg/dl; colesterol 108,1 ± 20,1 mg/dl; triglicéridos 108,1 ± 20,1 mg/dl, proteínas totales 5,7 ± 0,6 g/dl, y creatinina 1,7 ± 0,2 mg/dl. En algunos individuos los valores se desviaron significativamente del promedio, debiéndose tal vez a circunstancias fisiológicas e individuales (estrés, respuesta a mecanismos externos o por lesiones que padecían días antes a la toma de la muestra. Los indicadores del hemograma estuvieron en promedios similares a los de otros roedores del piedemonte amazónico: Proechimys sp., Agouti paca e Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, al igual que en los hemoquímicos, salvo en glicemia, en donde se encontraron mayores valores para Dasyprocta fuliginosa, debido posiblemente al régimen alimenticio que se basaba sobre todo en frutas y

  9. ANÁLISIS ARQUEOFAUNÍSTICO DEL SITIO PASO DEL TALA (GOYA, CORRIENTES, ARGENTINA / Zooarchaeological study of faunal remains from Paso del Tala site (Goya, Corrientes, Argentina

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    Carolina Barboza


    Full Text Available En este trabajo se presentan los resultados del estudio de los restos arqueofaunísticos procedentes del sitio Paso del Tala (Goya, Corrientes, Argentina. Los mismos evidencian la ocupación por parte de grupos prehispánicos en el sector de islas de la llanura aluvial del Paraná Medio durante el Holoceno tardío (356 ± 41 años AP. Se realizó la estimación de la composición anatómica y taxonómica de los conjuntos; se examinaron diferentes aspectos tafonómicos y se evaluaron las modificaciones antrópicas. Los resultados indican que los taxones que habrían sido más explotados por estos grupos están representados principalmente por aquellos característicos de los ambientes fluviales de la zona. Entre ellos se destaca la presencia de especímenes correspondientes a distintas especies de peces, seguidos por mamíferos y roedores, entre los que es importante mencionar la presencia de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris. Los trabajos de campo permitieron recuperar además del material faunístico, objeto de análisis en el presente trabajo, abundante cantidad de material cerámico, seguido por restos de carbón, material lítico, entre otros. Palabras clave: Zooarqueología, Cazadores-recolectores-pescadores, Llanura aluvial del Paraná Medio, Sector de Islas, Holoceno tardío.   Zooarchaeological study of faunal remains from Paso del Tala site (Goya, Corrientes, Argentina   Abstract This paper presents the analysis of faunal assemblages from Paso del Tala site (Goya, Corrientes, Argentina. This provides new information about hunter-gatherer-fisher occupations in Middle Parana islands during the Late Holocene (356 ± 41 years BP. Remains were identified with regard to anatomy and taxonomy. The focus of the analysis was to differentiate anthropic modification and the action of other agents or taphonomic processes. As a result, the importance of fluvial resources was inferred. Among the taxa that have been identified, fishes, mammals and rodents

  10. Combate ao Desmodus rotundus rotundus (E. Geoffroy,1810 na região cárstica de Cordisburgo e Curvelo, Minas Gerais

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    Almeida E.O.


    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar em uma região cárstica o tipo de refúgio, as espécies de morcegos, a população de animais domésticos, as associações interespecíficas nas coabitações com outros mamíferos silvestres suscetíveis à raiva e a eficácia da warfarina aplicada no dorso do Desmodus rotundus rotundus foi realizada uma pesquisa de maio de 1998 a março de 2000, nos municípios de Cordisburgo e Curvelo, Minas Gerais. Em 49 refúgios vistoriados, 29 naturais e 20 artificiais, localizados em 14 propriedades, encontrou-se o Desmodus rotundus rotundus em 18 abrigos naturais. Destes, 17 eram cavernas formadas pela dissolução ou abatimento de rocha calcária, típica do carste, e um era túnel escavado na terra pela ação das águas de um rio. As características geomorfológicas e de localização espacial foram registradas com base nas coordenadas geográficas, obtidas com auxílio de um sensor geográfico de posição. Nesses abrigos foram capturados e identificados 1457 morcegos de 14 espécies, sendo 640 Glossophaga soricina (Pallas, 1766, 566 Desmodus rotundus (E. Geoffroy, 1810, 73 Anoura geoffroyi (Gray 1838, 58 Trachops cirrhosus (Spix, 1823, 38 Diphylla ecaudata ecaudata (Spix, 1823, 23 Platyhrrinus lineatus (E. Geoffroy, 1810, 16 Lasiurus ega (Gervais, 1856, 14 Carollia perspicillata (Linnaeus, 1758, 13 Phyllostomus hastatus hastatus (Pallas, 1767, 9 Artibeus lituratus (Olfers, 1818, 3 Mimmon bennettii (Gray, 1838, 2 Myotis nigricans (Schinz, 1821, 1 Eptesicus brasiliensis (Desmarest, 1819 e 1 Pygoderma bilabiatum (Wagner, 1843. Não se conseguiu isolar ou detectar o vírus rábico no cérebro de 25 hematófagos selecionados e em 52 de outras espécies. A maioria desses abrigos também era usada por pacas (Agouti paca Linnaues, 1766, capivaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, Linnaues, 1766, guaxinins (Procyon cancrivorus, G. Cuvier, 1798 e raposas (Lycalopex vetulus, Lund, 1842 que são suscetíveis à raiva. Em 546 Desmodus

  11. Utilização dos recursos naturais por comunidades humanas do Parque Ecoturístico do Guamá, Belém, Pará Utilization of natural resources by the human communities of the Guamá Ecotouristic Park, Belém, Pará

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    Full Text Available O trabalho apresenta dados sobre o uso dos recursos naturais por populações humanas em pequenas comunidades (vilas localizadas no entorno (n = 6 e no interior (n = 1 do Parque Ecoturístico do Guamá (PEG, visando avaliar os impactos sobre a fauna e flora local, ante a implantação de um projeto de infra-estrutura rodoviária local. A metodologia consistiu da aplicação de dois modelos de questionários. Um direcionado a pessoas-chave, como: moradores mais antigos, presidentes de associações, agentes de saúde, etc, e o outro aplicado aleatoriamente aos adultos locais. Buscou-se atingir pelo menos 50% das famílias das pequenas localidades (11 famílias. Em todos os casos é realizado o extrativismo da fauna e flora, principalmente com o objetivo de subsistência. As espécies mais caçadas foram Agouti paca,Dasyprocta agouti,Nasua nasua, Euphractus sexcintus e Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris. A complementação da renda familiar através do comércio de caça sob encomenda é realizada em todas as comunidades estudadas. Frutíferas como Euterpe oleracea Mart., Musa spp e Theobroma cacao foram encontradas em 100% das comunidades (n=7. Plantas medicinais são rotineiramente cultivadas e empregadas. As espécies madeireiras exploradas são utilizadas com o objetivo de produção de carvão, construção de casas e de meios de transporte, predominando o Inga edulis, Virola surinamensis (Rol. Warb e Simaruba amara (Aubl.. O trabalho discute os resultados sob o aspecto da implantação do projeto viário, oferecendo recomendações para a minimização dos impactos do mesmo sobre a fauna, a flora e o modo tradicional de vida das comunidades.This work shows data about the use of natural resources by the human population located in (n=1 and around (n=6 the Guamá Ecotouristic Park (GEP, in order to evaluate the impact on the local fauna and flora in view of the project for constructing a road through the park. The methodology utilized in this community

  12. - Un modelo descriptivo del sistema reproductor hembra del coipo (Myocastor coypus I: el ovario (A descriptive model of the female reproductive system of coypu (Myocastor coypus I: the ovary

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    Felipe, A. E.


    conformada por tejido conectivo en disposición plexiforme, en el cual las fibras se orientaron en todas direcciones. Se observaron también fibras elásticas y argentófilas. En los ejemplares estudiados fue posible identificar todos los tipos foliculares y determinar la presencia de distintos grados de atresia correspondientes a folículos en diferentes etapas de desarrollo. Los folículos en crecimiento (secundarios atrésicos se caracterizaron por el engrosamiento de la zona pelúcida, la vacuolización citoplasmática de células foliculares, picnosis, vacuolización de la teca interna y tejido conectivo de sustitución. Con respecto a las estructuras consideradas como cuerpos lúteos, pudieron establecerse y caracterizarse tres grados de desarrollo de los mismos (inicial, medio y maduro así como determinarse diferentes estadíos de regresión o atresia. Todos los ovarios del coipo contuvieron cuerpos lúteos accesorios. Los mismos se diferenciaron de los verdaderos por su menor tamaño y la persistencia de un remanente ovocitario con una zona pelúcida degenerada. El diámetro medio de estas estructuras fue de 273.44 ± 78.22 mm. Las observaciones presentadas en este trabajo indican que el ovario de coipos sexualmente maduros es semejante al de otros mamíferos como la chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger, el cobayo (Cavia sp., la casiragua (Proechimys guairae, el carpincho (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, la mara (Dolichotis patagonum, el aguti (Dasyprocta aguti, el puercoespín africano austral (Hystrix africaeaustralis y el puercoespín africano común (Atherurus africanus. In the present investigation mature females of coypu (Myocastor coypus were used to determine the anatomic and histomorphologic features of the ovaries. As in all mammals, the ovary was suspended from the dorsal wall of the peritoneal cavity by the mesovarium. In the studied animals, the mesovarium did not form a bursa. The ovary of the coypu is similar to the ovary of other adult hystricomorph rodents: it

  13. Introducing the first BEDIM-André Buldgen Prize


    Bindelle, Jérôme


    What is mini-livestock ? Mini- (or micro-) livestock is a term used to group several animal species reared to produce food or feed and of usually smaller size than commonly reared species. Those species include rodents, snails, reptiles, insects, earthworms, etc. Although some authors consider small species and breeds of common livestock (e.g. rabbits or dwarf cattle) as mini-livestock, mini-livestock species should rather be referred to as unconventional species. Capybara, for example,...

  14. Updated Neuronal Scaling Rules for the Brains of Glires (Rodents/Lagomorphs)


    Herculano-Houzel, Suzana; Ribeiro, Pedro; Campos, Leandro; Valotta da Silva, Alexandre; Torres, Laila B.; Catania, Kenneth C.; Kaas, Jon H.


    Brain size scales as different functions of its number of neurons across mammalian orders such as rodents, primates, and insectivores. In rodents, we have previously shown that, across a sample of 6 species, from mouse to capybara, the cerebral cortex, cerebellum and the remaining brain structures increase in size faster than they gain neurons, with an accompanying decrease in neuronal density in these structures [Herculano-Houzel et al.: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2006;103:12138–12143]. Importan...

  15. Diagnóstico del tráfico ilegal y del manejo post decomiso de fauna silvestre en nueve corporaciones autónomas regionales de Colombia

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    infraestructura que existe en los CAV de las corporaciones autónomas regionales de Colombia para definir el destino final de la fauna silvestre incautada, siendo tres las opciones de manejo: mantenimiento en cautiverio, retorno a la vida silvestre y eutanasia. Por tal razón esta investigación pretende realizar un diagnóstico de las especies decomisadas por algunas Corporaciones Autónomas Regionales, su uso, los procedimientos de liberaciones y reintroducciones que se llevan a cabo en los CAV centros de atención y valoración de fauna silvestre y la localización geográfica de las liberaciones. Esto con el fin de disminuir la presión que existe sobre las poblaciones de fauna silvestre y de esta forma realizar un uso sostenible de la biodiversidad de Colombia. En este trabajo se realiza un diagnóstico del tráfico ilegal de fauna silvestre en nueve corporaciones autónomas regionales de
    Colombia durante los años 2004 a 2006, así como también el manejo postdecomiso efectuado por cada
    corporación. La información fue suministrada por cada entidad mediante una encuesta y visitas a las corporaciones. Se registraron un total de 60.511 especímenes decomisados, dentro de los cuales 583 corresponden a pieles, 36.653 a huevos de iguana (Iguana iguana y tortuga y 23.178 a animales vivos. En cuanto
    a carne se tienen decomisos un total de 12.621 kg correspondientes a carne de chigüiro (Hydrochaerus
    hydrochaeris. Se observa que en la mayoría de corporaciones las especies con mayor número de decomisos fueron la Hicotea (Trachemys callirostris, el Perico real (Brotogeris jugularis y la ardilla (Sciurus sp.. El volumen de tráfico presentado en el periodo de 2004 a 2006 es alto con un total de 60.511 ejemplares decomisados. Si se compara con la información disponible para años anteriores (Procuraduría, 2006, en donde
    para el periodo abarcado entre los años 1996 y 2000 se decomisaron un total de 73.061 ejemplares correspondientes a 11 corporaciones aut

  16. Feeding Patterns of Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Atlantic Forest, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (United States)

    Alencar, Jeronimo; Mello, Cecília Ferreira de; Gil-Santana, Hélcio R; Giupponi, Alessandro Ponce de Leão; Araújo, Andressa Nunes; Lorosa, Elias Seixas; Guimarães, Anthony Érico; Silva, Júlia Dos Santos


    The stomach contents of culicids from the Atlantic Forest in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, were analyzed using the precipitin technique to evaluate the feeding patterns of the species. Sampling was performed from February 2012 to December 2013, using CO2-baited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traps to catch mosquitoes from 15 00 to 07 00 hours. The following antisera were used: bird, rodent, opossum, human, horse, capybara, lizard, and frog. Of the 325 adult bloodfed females caught and analyzed, 273 (84.0%) reacted in the precipitin test. The percentage of specimens with a positive reaction to a single antiserum included bird (39.2%), rodent (22.5%), opossum (13.2%), capybara (6.6%), horse (5.7%), frog (6.2%), human (4.0%), and lizard (2.6%). The specimens that reacted positively against more than one blood source (46) most frequently presented the following combinations: bird + rodent and bird + frog (17.4%), followed by bird + human (13.0%). The predominance of positive results for birds suggested that the avian-rich environment might have influenced the feeding behavior of the culicids.

  17. Host preference of the arbovirus vector Culex erraticus (Diptera: Culicidae) at Sonso Lake, Cauca Valley Department, Colombia. (United States)

    Mendenhall, I H; Tello, S A; Neira, L A; Castillo, L F; Ocampo, C B; Wesson, D M


    Culex erraticus (Dyar & Knab) is a competent vector of Eastern equine encephalitis virus and subtype IC Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, and both St. Louis encephalitis virus and West Nile virus have been isolated from field-collected specimens. Previous bloodmeal analysis studies have shown this species to be a generalist, feeding on a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. This behavior can bridge arboviral transmission across different vertebrate groups. Our study examined the host preference of Cx. erraticus at Sonso Lake in Colombia. From July to August 2008, blood-engorged mosquitoes were collected from resting boxes, while vertebrate abundance was determined to calculate host preference. Based on mitochondrial DNA analysis of bloodmeals, birds were the predominant hosts (57.6%), followed by mammals (30.8%), and reptiles (6.7%); 9.5% of the bloodmeals were mixed. The most commonly fed upon species were: limpkin, black-crowned night-heron, striated heron, human, and capybara. Forage ratios showed the least bittern, limpkin, Cocoi heron, striated heron, capybara, and black-crowned night heron were preferred hosts across all vertebrates. Of the available avifauna, the least bittern, limpkin, striated heron, Cocoi heron, and black-crowned night heron were preferred, whereas the bare faced ibis, great egret, snowy egret, and cattle egret were under-used. This study shows that while Cx. erraticus is an opportunistic feeder, using diverse vertebrate hosts in the environment, certain avian species are targeted preferentially for bloodmeals. PMID:23025191

  18. Carrapatos do gênero amblyomma (acari: ixodidae e suas relações com os hospedeiros em área endêmica para febre maculosa no Estado de São Paulo Ticks of genus Amblyomma (Acari: Ixodidae and their relationship with hosts in endemic area for spotted fever in the state of São Paulo

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    Full Text Available Foram avaliadas 7 espécies da mastofauna e 36 da avifauna quanto à prevalência e intensidade de infestação por carrapatos na ESALQ/USP, no Município de Piracicaba, SP. Analisaram-se 52 indivíduos da mastofauna e 158 da avifauna, parasitados por 12418 carrapatos. Os exemplares adultos (N= 7343 foram encontrados em parasitismo nas capivaras enquanto que os imaturos foram, na maioria, coletados de pequenos mamíferos e aves. Os principais hospedeiros para as formas imaturas, em ordem decrescente, foram gambás (69,1%, capivaras (24,4% e urubus (3,7%. Entre a avifauna, o urubu apresentou o maior número de carrapatos com 69,9%, seguido por indivíduos das famílias Thamnophilidae e Turdidae. Os carrapatos adultos encontrados em capivaras foram A. cajennense (80,8% e A. dubitatum (19,2%. Ambas as espécies foram também coletadas em gambás, correspondendo a 72,4% e 27,6%, respectivamente. Pela facilidade de captura e atratividade de Amblyomma spp. o gambá pode ser usado como bioindicador de infestação em locais endêmicos para febre maculosa. Considerando os índices de parasitismo e prevalência bem como de abundância de carrapatos, susceptibilidade dos hospedeiros, proliferação e susceptibilidade para infecção por R. rickettsi, capivaras e gambás são potenciais hospedeiros amplificadores desse microrganismo no Campus da ESALQ, enquanto eqüídeos, urubus e gatos atuam como hospedeiros secundários.Seven species of mammals and 36 of birds were investigated to determine the tick prevalence and intensity of infestation. The study was conducted at the Esalq/USP in Piracicaba municipality, State of São Paulo. It was collected 52 mammals and 158 birds parasitized by 12,418 ticks. Adult ticks (N= 7,343 were found on capybaras, while the immature were mainly collected on small mammals and birds. The main hosts for immatures in descending order were opossums (69.1%, capybara (24.4% and black vultures (3.7%. Among the avifauna, the black

  19. Notas sôbre a evolução do virus vacínico em animais silvestres da fauna brasileira

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    Full Text Available A note on the evolution of cow-pox virus in wild animals of Brazilian fauna. We have tried the sensibility of wild animals of Brazilian fauna to the cow-pox virus. The following specimens were submitted to experiences: Procyon cancrivorus, Hydrochoerus capybara, Cavea aperea, Coendu villosus, Didelphis aurita, Bradypus tridactylus, Euphractus sexcintus, Tamandua tetradactylus, Nasua narica, Dasyprocta aguti and Testudo tabulata. In all these animals, - excepting Bradypus tridactylus - we have obtained an infection with incubation (five days, aspect and duration similar to cow-pox of the laboratorial animals (calf and rabbit. In the Bradypus tridactylus howewer, the incubation was very long. Only after 30 days of inoculation we verified the infection with the formation of vesiculae and postulae.

  20. Risk factors associated with the transmissionof Brazilian spotted fever in the Piracicaba river basin, State of São Paulo, Brazil

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION : Brazilian spotted fever (BSF is a disease transmitted by ticks for which the etiological agent is Rickettsia rickettsii. The present essay evaluates the risk factors associated with the transmission of cases of BSF in the time period between 2003 and 2013 in the Piracicaba river basin, state of São Paulo. METHODS : This essay presents a retrospective study to identify the factors associated with the transmission of cases of BSF among all suspected cases identified by the System for Epidemiological Surveillance of São Paulo (CVE. After the description of temporal distribution (onset of symptoms and the environmental and demographic variations of the confirmed and discarded cases, a multiple logistic regression model was applied. RESULTS : We searched 569 probable locations of infection (PLI with 210 (37% confirmed cases of BSF and 359 (63% discarded cases. The associated variables for the confirmation of BSF in the multiple logistic model using a confidence interval (CI of 95% were age (OR = 1.025 CI: 1.015-1.035, the presence of Amblyomma sculptum in the environment (OR = 1.629 CI: 1.097-2.439, the collection of ticks from horses (OR = 1.939 CI: 0.999-3.764, the presence of capybaras (OR = 1.467 CI: 1.009-2.138, an urban environment (OR = 1.515 CI: 1.036-2.231, and the existence of a dirty pasture (OR = 1.759 CI: 1.028-3.003. CONCLUSIONS : The factors associated with the confirmation of BSF cases included an urban environment, age, presence of the A. sculptum vector, the collection of ticks from horses, the presence of a capybara population, and a dirty pasture environment.

  1. First isolation and genotyping of Toxoplasma gondii from bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera). (United States)

    Cabral, A D; Gama, A R; Sodré, M M; Savani, E S M M; Galvão-Dias, M A; Jordão, L R; Maeda, M M; Yai, L E O; Gennari, S M; Pena, H F J


    There are currently no reports on the isolation and molecular examination of Toxoplasma gondii from bats. Here, we report the isolation and genotypic characterisation of two T. gondii isolates from bats. A total of 369 bats from different municipalities in São Paulo state, southeastern Brazil, were captured and euthanised, and collected tissues (heart and pectoral muscle) were processed for each bat or in pools of two or three bats and bioassayed in mice (a total of 283 bioassays). Eleven PCR-RFLP (polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism) markers were used to genotype positive samples: SAG1, SAG2 (5'-3'SAG2 and alt. SAG2), SAG3, BTUB, GRA6, L358, c22-8, c29-2, PK1, CS3 and Apico. The parasite was isolated from two bats from São Paulo city: an insectivorous bat, the velvety free-tailed bat Molossus molossus, and a hematophagous bat, the common vampire bat Desmodus rotundus. Isolates were designated TgBatBr1 and TgBatBr2, respectively. The genotype of the isolate from M. molossus (TgBatBr1) has been previously described in an isolate from a capybara from São Paulo state, and the genotype from the D. rotundus isolate (TgBatBr2) has already been identified in isolates from cats, chickens, capybaras, sheep, a rodent and a common rabbit from different Brazilian states, suggesting that this may be a common T. gondii lineage circulating in some Brazilian regions. Isolation of T. gondii from a hematophagous species is striking. This study reveals that bats can share the same isolates that are found in domesticated and wild terrestrial animals. This is the first report of the isolation and genotyping of T. gondii in chiropterans.

  2. Morphology of the lingual papillae in the Patagonian cavy. (United States)

    Emura, Shoichi; Okumura, Toshihiko; Chen, Huayue


    We examined the dorsal lingual surfaces of an adult Patagonian cavy (Dolichotis patagonum) by scanning electron microscopy. The tongue of the Patagonian cavy is about 8 cm long and the lingual body had lingual prominence on the posterior third. There were no fungiform papillae in the lingual dorsal surface. The fungiform papillae were observed in both lateral sides of the lingual apex. The filiform papilla of the lingual body consisted of a large conical papilla. The connective tissue core of the filiform papilla showed many slender processes. The fungiform papillae were round in shape. The connective tissue core of the fungiform papilla was flower-bud shaped. Two vallate papillae were located on between lingual body and root, and insert in two grooves. The connective tissue core of the vallate papilla was covered with numerous small spines. Many foliate papillae were observed on the posterolateral regions of the tongue. After removing epithelium from the foliate papillae many vertical depressions became apparent. These findings suggest that in the structure of the lingual papillae of the Patagonian cavy there is similar to that of the capybara. PMID:22519071

  3. Trypanosoma evansi and surra: a review and perspectives on origin, history, distribution, taxonomy, morphology, hosts, and pathogenic effects. (United States)

    Desquesnes, Marc; Holzmuller, Philippe; Lai, De-Hua; Dargantes, Alan; Lun, Zhao-Rong; Jittaplapong, Sathaporn


    Trypanosoma evansi, the agent of "surra," is a salivarian trypanosome, originating from Africa. It is thought to derive from Trypanosoma brucei by deletion of the maxicircle kinetoplastic DNA (genetic material required for cyclical development in tsetse flies). It is mostly mechanically transmitted by tabanids and stomoxes, initially to camels, in sub-Saharan area. The disease spread from North Africa towards the Middle East, Turkey, India, up to 53° North in Russia, across all South-East Asia, down to Indonesia and the Philippines, and it was also introduced by the conquistadores into Latin America. It can affect a very large range of domestic and wild hosts including camelids, equines, cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs and other carnivores, deer, gazelles, and elephants. It found a new large range of wild and domestic hosts in Latin America, including reservoirs (capybaras) and biological vectors (vampire bats). Surra is a major disease in camels, equines, and dogs, in which it can often be fatal in the absence of treatment, and exhibits nonspecific clinical signs (anaemia, loss of weight, abortion, and death), which are variable from one host and one place to another; however, its immunosuppressive effects interfering with intercurrent diseases or vaccination campaigns might be its most significant and questionable aspect. PMID:24024184

  4. Trypanosoma evansi and Surra: A Review and Perspectives on Origin, History, Distribution, Taxonomy, Morphology, Hosts, and Pathogenic Effects

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    Marc Desquesnes


    Full Text Available Trypanosoma evansi, the agent of “surra,” is a salivarian trypanosome, originating from Africa. It is thought to derive from Trypanosoma brucei by deletion of the maxicircle kinetoplastic DNA (genetic material required for cyclical development in tsetse flies. It is mostly mechanically transmitted by tabanids and stomoxes, initially to camels, in sub-Saharan area. The disease spread from North Africa towards the Middle East, Turkey, India, up to 53° North in Russia, across all South-East Asia, down to Indonesia and the Philippines, and it was also introduced by the conquistadores into Latin America. It can affect a very large range of domestic and wild hosts including camelids, equines, cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs and other carnivores, deer, gazelles, and elephants. It found a new large range of wild and domestic hosts in Latin America, including reservoirs (capybaras and biological vectors (vampire bats. Surra is a major disease in camels, equines, and dogs, in which it can often be fatal in the absence of treatment, and exhibits nonspecific clinical signs (anaemia, loss of weight, abortion, and death, which are variable from one host and one place to another; however, its immunosuppressive effects interfering with intercurrent diseases or vaccination campaigns might be its most significant and questionable aspect.

  5. Physical, chemical and microbiological aspects during the dry and rainy seasons in a pond covered by macrophyte used in aquaculture water supply

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    Full Text Available AIM: The water quality of a pond covered by macrophytes and used as a water supply for aquaculture was evaluated during the dry and rainy seasons; METHODS: Six points were established for water sampling, at water inflow and outflow. Samplings were carried out monthly between June 2008 and May 2009; RESULTS: Inflow points P1, P2 and P3 in the pond had higher nutrient concentrations and high trophic rates. Moreover, capybaras in the area caused sediment suspension and an increase in fecal coliforms. There was significant difference (p < 0.05 in the concentrations of nutrients in water between the dry and rainy seasons. The outflow of water caused by rain carried the material around the pond directly into the water; CONCLUSIONS: The system studied was influenced by rain and lack of adequate management of the surrounding area. Water quality was deteriorated by increase in nutrient concentrations, fecal coliforms and reduction of dissolved oxygen in the water during the rainy season. This was due to allochthonous material from the area surrounding the pond that affected negatively the supply system.


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    Alberto Elias Marques


    Full Text Available This study aimed to determine the prevalence of antibodies against Leptospira spp. and their regional distribution, and evaluate the main risk factors associated to the disease in cattle in the State of Goias, Brazil. The study was carried out using 4571 samples taken from 715 properties of 213 municipalities in the state of Goias. The samples were analysed by the microagglutination test (MAT. 62.2% of the samples were positive for at least one of the 16 serovars tested, with major prevalence of co-agglutination (40.24%, followed by serovars wolffi (14.53%, hardjo (12.70 %, grippotyphosa (10.55% and shermani (6.55%. The prevalence of anti-Leptospira spp. antibodies was associated to the following factors: stratum of production, with a greater prevalence in stractumof beef cattle production; practice of artificial insemination; cattle breed; presence of sheep and goats; presence of capybaras; purchase of reproducers in exhibitions and from other properties; pasture rent at any time of year; presence of maternity paddock, and occurrence of abortions. It was concluded that leptospiral infection is endemic in Goias State.

  7. Life cycle of female ticks of Amblyomma cooperi Nuttal & Warburton, 1908 (Acari: Ixodidae under laboratory conditions Ciclo biológico de fêmeas do carrapato Amblyomma cooperi Nuttal & Warburton, 1908 (Acari:Ixodidae sob condições de laboratório

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    Full Text Available The biological cycle of female ticks of Amblyomma cooperi was studied under controlled conditions. The study has begun with two engorged females collected in a naturally infested wild capybara. The larvae originated from the oviposition of these two females were used for collecting young adults through artificial infestations in rabbits. The female parasitic and free living phases were evaluated using artificial infestation of ticks in a capybara. The average body weight of females was 958.2± 175.6mg, the average pre-egg laying period was 8.5± 1.4 days, the reproductive efficiency index was 59.5± 4.2 and the nutritional efficiency index was 77.3± 4.8. The incubation and eclosion periods were 41.9 and 5.9 days, respectively, and the rate of eclosion was 64%. These figures were obtained under high relative humidity conditions which were necessary for the success of the egg incubation process of this species. The preliminary data obtained with the artificial infestation in rabbits raises the possibility of this and other domestic species be used as an epidemiologic link between the domestic and the wild environment with the potential exposure of human populations to A. cooperi and to the maculosa fever agent.O ciclo biológico de Amblyomma cooperi foi estudado sob condições de laboratório. O estudo iniciou-se com duas fêmeas ingurgitadas coletadas de uma capivara selvagem naturalmente infestada. As larvas provenientes da postura foram utilizadas para obtenção de adultos, por meio de infestação artificial em coelhos. As fases parasitária e de vida livre das fêmeas foram avaliadas utilizando-se infestação artificial em capivara. A média de peso corporal foi de 958,2± 175,6mg, a média do período de pré-postura de 8,5± 1,4 dias e dos índices de eficiência reprodutiva e nutricional de 59,5± 4,2 e 77,3± 4,6, respectivamente. Os períodos de incubação e eclosão foram de 41,9 e 5,9 dias, respectivamente. A taxa de eclosão foi

  8. Absence of Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) infection in buffaloes from Amazon and southeast region in Brazil. (United States)

    De Oliveira, Cairo H S; Resende, Cláudia F; Oliveira, Carlos M C; Barbosa, José D; Fonseca, Antônio A; Leite, Rômulo C; Reis, Jenner K P


    Enzootic bovine leucosis is an infectious disease caused by Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and is well described in bovines. The majority of infected animals are asymptomatic, one to five percent develop lymphoma and from 30 to 50% present a persistent lymphocytosis. The virus occurs naturally in cattle and experimentally in buffaloes, capybaras and rabbits. The occurrence of lymphoma in buffaloes has been attributed to BLV infection by some authors in India and Venezuela, but not confirmed by other studies and little information on natural BLV infection in buffaloes is available. The aim of this study was to evaluate the occurrence of BLV in a sub-sample of buffalo from Amazon and southeast regions in Brazil. Three hundred and fifteen serum samples were negative using commercial AGID and ELISA (ELISA-gp51) which detect anti-BLV glycoprotein gp51 antibodies. The same samples were also evaluated for antibodies to whole virus through a commercial ELISA (ELISA-BLV) in which 77 (24.44%) were found seropositive and two (0.63%) inconclusive. On the other hand, all animals were negative by PCR to BLV targeted to the env and tax genes. These results suggest that ELISA-BLV produces false positive results in buffalo serum (pAmazon basin and the southeast region of Brazil. Serological tests, like ELISA-BLV, usually used for cattle may produce false-positive results for BLV in buffaloes and direct detection tests such as PCR should be chosen in these surveys. The occurrence of lymphoma in buffalo was not associated with BLV infection in the one case analyzed in this work and the etiology and pathogenesis of this disease should be clarified.

  9. Toxoplasma gondii in free-ranging wild small felids from Brazil: molecular detection and genotypic characterization. (United States)

    Cañón-Franco, W A; Araújo, F A P; López-Orozco, N; Jardim, M M A; Keid, L B; Dalla-Rosa, C; Cabral, A D; Pena, H F J; Gennari, S M


    Brazil harbors the largest number of wild Neotropical felid species, with ten of the twelve species recorded in the American continent. Although these animals are considered to be definitive hosts for Toxoplasma gondii, there are few descriptions of the parasite in these species. Here, we performed a molecular detection of T. gondii by amplification of the marker ITS-1 from tissue samples obtained from 90 free-ranging wild small Neotropical felids from Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil. Of the sampled animals, 34.4% (n=31) were positive including the species Puma yagouaroundi - jaguarondi (9/22), Leopardus geoffroyi - Geoffroy's cat (6/22), Leopardus tigrinus - oncilla (8/28), Leopardus wiedii - margay (6/10), Leopardus pardalis - ocelot (1/1) and Leopardus colocolo - Pampas cat (1/7). Toxoplasma DNA was detected with a frequency of 14.6% (63/433) in primary samples of tongue (16/56), brain (8/43), skeletal muscle (15/83), heart (7/63), diaphragm (3/56), vitreous humor (2/44), eye muscle (6/44) and eyeball (6/44). Multilocus PCR-RFLP genotyping of eleven small Neotropical felids using the molecular markers SAG1, 5'3'SAG2, alt. SAG2, SAG3, BTUB, GRA6, c22-8, c29-2, L358, PK1, Apico and CS3 allowed the partial characterization of eight genotypes. We fully characterized two new genotypes that have not been described previously in Brazil (Lw#31Tn from L. wiedii and Py#21Sm from P. yagouaroundi) and one genotype Py#56Br from P. yagouaroundi that has been described previously in isolates from cats, dogs and capybaras from São Paulo state. This study constitutes the first detection and genotypic characterization of T. gondii in free-ranging felids in Brazil, demonstrating the occurrence of the parasite in wild populations and suggesting its potential transmissibility to humans and other domestic and wild animals. PMID:23932730

  10. Agent-based modeling for the landuse change of hunter-gather societies and the impacts on biodiversity in Guyana (United States)

    Iwamura, T.; Fragoso, J.; Lambin, E.


    , Tapirs, Capybara exist but very low. This finding is well aligned with the hunting dataset - Agouti/Paca consists 27% of total hunting. Based on our simulation, it seems the dominance of Agouti/Paca among hunted animals shown in the field data can be explained solely by their high carrying capacity against human extraction (population density of the Paca/Agouti = 60 per square km, whereas other animals ranges 0.63 to 7). When we incorporate agriculture, the "rodentation" of the animal population toward Agouti/Paca becomes more obvious. This simulation shows the interactions of people and animals through land change and hunting, which were observed in our fields.

  11. Physical, chemical and microbiological aspects during the dry and rainy seasons in a pond covered by macrophyte used in aquaculture water supply Aspectos físico-químicos e microbiológicos nas estações de seca e chuva em viveiro coberto por macrófitas usado no abastecimento de água para aquicultura

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    Full Text Available AIM: The water quality of a pond covered by macrophytes and used as a water supply for aquaculture was evaluated during the dry and rainy seasons; METHODS: Six points were established for water sampling, at water inflow and outflow. Samplings were carried out monthly between June 2008 and May 2009; RESULTS: Inflow points P1, P2 and P3 in the pond had higher nutrient concentrations and high trophic rates. Moreover, capybaras in the area caused sediment suspension and an increase in fecal coliforms. There was significant difference (p OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar durante as estações seca e estação chuvosa a qualidade da água de um viveiro, coberto por macrófitas, utilizado como sistema de abastecimento de água para aquicultura; MÉTODOS: Foram estabelecidos 6 pontos para a coleta das amostras de água na superfície do viveiro, envolvendo entradas e saídas da água. As coletas foram realizadas mensalmente entre junho de 2008 e maio de 2009; RESULTADOS: Os pontos P1, P2 e P3 devido à entrada de água no viveiro apresentaram maiores concentrações de nutrientes com elevado estado trófico e, a entrada de capivaras nestes locais promoveu a suspensão do sedimento e aumento de coliformes fecais. Há significativas diferenças (p < 0,05 nas concentrações de nutrientes na água entre seca e chuva, com o escoamento de água gerado pela precipitação carreando material do entorno do viveiro para a água; CONCLUSÕES: O sistema estudado sofre influência direta da precipitação e da ausência de manejo adequado da área do entorno. Durante a estação chuvosa a qualidade da água ficou comprometida com aumento da concentração de nutrientes, coliformes fecais e redução do oxigênio dissolvido na água, devido ao material alóctone proveniente da área ao redor do viveiro, afetando negativamente o sistema de abastecimento.

  12. Study of infection by Rickettsiae of the spotted fever group in humans and ticks in an urban park located in the City of Londrina, State of Paraná, Brazil Estudo da infecção por Rickettsias do grupo da febre maculosa em humanos e carrapatos de um parque urbano na Cidade de Londrina, Estado do Paraná

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    Roberta Santos Toledo


    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Spotted fevers are emerging zoonoses caused by Rickettsia species in the spotted fever group (SFG. Rickettsia rickettsii is the main etiologic agent of Brazilian spotted fever (BSF and it is transmitted by Amblyomma spp. ticks. METHODS: The study aimed to investigate SFG rickettsiae in the Arthur Thomas Municipal Park in Londrina, PR, by collecting free-living ticks and ticks from capybaras and blood samples from personnel working in these areas. Samples from A. dubitatum and A. cajennense were submitted for PCR in pools to analyze the Rickettsia spp. gltA (citrate synthase gene. RESULTS: All the pools analyzed were negative. Human sera were tested by indirect immunofluorescence assay with R. rickettsii and R. parkeri as antigens. Among the 34 sera analyzed, seven (20.6% were reactive for R. rickettsii: four of these had endpoint titers equal to 64, 2 titers were 128 and 1 titer was 256. None of the samples were reactive for R. parkeri. An epidemiological questionnaire was applied to the park staff, but no statistically significant associations were identified. CONCLUSIONS: The serological studies suggest the presence of Rickettsiae related to SFG that could be infecting the human population studied; however, analysis of the ticks collected was unable to determine which species may be involved in transmission to humans.INTRODUÇÃO: A febre maculosa é uma zoonose emergente causada por espécies de Rickettsia do grupo febre maculosa (GFM. Rickettsia rickettsii é o principal agente etiológico da febre maculosa brasileira (FMB e é transmitida por Amblyomma spp. MÉTODOS: Com o objetivo de obter informações sobre GFM Rickettsiae no Parque Municipal Arthur Thomas em Londrina, PR, carrapatos de vida livre e de capivaras foram coletados, assim como amostras de sangue das pessoas que trabalham no parque. A. dubitatum e A. cajennense foram submetidos à PCR em pools para analises de Rickettsia spp. gltA (citrate synthase gene