Ornithonyssus bacoti bacoti is a hematophagous parasite commonly referred to as the tropical rat mite. They feed only on blood and serum from many hosts. They can be found and cause disease on rats and wild rodents most commonly, but also small mammals and humans when other hosts are scarce. Outbreaks tend to occur in older, less maintained buildings.
Attributes / relations provided by ♦1Liomys adspersus, Michelle V. Gonzales, Blas Armien, Anibal Armien, and Jorge Salazar-Bravo, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 759, pp. 13 (2004) ♦2Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2. ♦3Sorex longirostris, Thomas W. French, Mammalian Species No. 143, pp. 1-3 (1980)