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Balalaikins M.,Daugavpils University | Tamutis V.,Lithuanian University of Agriculture | Ferenca R.,Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum | Ferenca R.,Nature Research Center
Acta Zoologica Lituanica | Year: 2010

Faunistic data on two closely related weevil species Cionus hortulanus (Geoffroy, 1785) and Cionus nigritarsis (Reitter, 1904) are presented after the re-examination of available specimens. C. nigritarsis is reported from Lithuania for the first time. The general information on the distribution, host plants, morphological features and original figures of the habitus and aedeagus of these species is given. Source


Lipatova I.,Vytautas Magnus University | Paulauskas A.,Vytautas Magnus University | Puraite I.,Vytautas Magnus University | Radzijevskaja J.,Vytautas Magnus University | And 2 more authors.
Microbes and Infection | Year: 2015

The Bartonella pathogen is an emerging zoonotic agent. Epidemiological studies worldwide have demonstrated that small mammals are reservoir hosts of Bartonella spp. and their ectoparasites are potential vectors. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of Bartonella infections in small mammals (Rodentia, Insectivora) and their ectoparasites (fleas and ticks) in Lithuania. A total of 430 small mammals representing nine species were captured with live-traps in Lithuania during 2013-2014. A total of 151 fleas representing eight species were collected from 109 (25.8%) small mammals. Five hundred and seventy ticks (Ixodes ricinus) were collected from 68 (16.1%) small mammals. Bartonella DNA was detected in 102 (23.7%) small mammals, 44 (29.1%) fleas and five (3.7%) pooled tick samples. Sequence analysis of 16S-23S rRNA ITS region showed that sequences were identical or similar to Bartonella grahamii, Bartonella taylorii and Bartonella rochalimae. This study is the first investigating the distribution and diversity of Bartonella species in small mammals and their ectoparasites in Lithuania. B. grahamii, B. taylorii, and B. rochalimae were detected in small mammals and their fleas, and B. grahamii in ticks obtained from small mammals. © 2015 Institut Pasteur. Source


Balalaikins M.,Daugavpils University | Alekseev V.,Kaliningrad State Technical University | Ferenca R.,Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum | Ferenca R.,Nature Research Center | And 3 more authors.
Acta Zoologica Lituanica | Year: 2011

The weevil Larinus turbinatus Gyllenhal, 1835 is mentioned from Estonia, Lithuania and Kaliningrad Region (western Russia) for the first time. General information on its distribution and bionomy, and photos of habitus and rostrum of this species are presented. Source


Bukejs A.,Daugavpils University | Ferenca R.,Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum | Ferenca R.,Institute of Ecology
Journal of the Entomological Research Society | Year: 2011

A chrysomelid species, Cryptocephalus (Burlinius) ochroleucus Fairmaire, 1859 is reported for the first time from Lithuania. A single specimen of this species was collected in Juodkrante, Curronian Spit (SW Lithuania). The species is also new for the Eastern Baltic region and Fennoscandia. General information on distribution and bionomy of the species is given. Source


Lipatova I.,Vytautas Magnus University | Stanko M.,Slovak Academy of Sciences | Paulauskas A.,Vytautas Magnus University | Spakovaite S.,Vytautas Magnus University | Gedminas V.,Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum
Journal of Medical Entomology | Year: 2015

Negative effects of flea (Siphonaptera) parasitism on the host may be expressed in different ways. The aim of this study was to assess distribution of the flea fauna in nests of dormice in Lithuania. Nests of Glis glis (L.), Dryomys nitedula (Pallas), and Muscardinus avellanarius (L.) were collected from nest boxes in 2012 and 2013. Fleas were collected from nests in the laboratory and put into plastic tubes with 70% ethanol. Flea species were identified using morphological keys. From 400 nest boxes, 112 nests of dormice were collected from eight sites from mixed forests of central Lithuania. Twenty-three nests of G. glis were collected from nest boxes, with 16 of them containing 286 fleas belonging to four species: Ceratophyllus sciurorum (Schrank) (259), C. gallinae (Schrank) (23), Hystrichopsylla talpae (Curtis) (3), and Megabothris turbidus (Rothschild) (1). Fourteen nests of M. avellanarius were collected from nest boxes, 4 of which contained 224 fleas belonging to two species: C. sciurorum (221) and C. gallinae (3). Twenty-four nests of D. nitedula were collected from nest boxes, including 17 containing 207 fleas belonging to two species: C. sciurorum (205) and C. gallinae (2). Fifty-one nests of undetermined dormice species also were collected from nest boxes, 12 of them contained 395 fleas belonging to three species: C. sciurorum (374), Ctenophthalmus agyrtes (Heller) (19), and Ctenophthalmus assimilis (Taschenberg) (2). C. sciurorum was a predominant species in the nests of dormice. The occurrence of C. gallinae was documented in Lithuania for the first time. © The Authors 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America. All rights reserved. Source

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