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Demodex melesinus (Acariformes: Demodecidae) – the forgotten European badger parasite, rediscovered after 100 years

  • Joanna N. Izdebska EMAIL logo , Karolina Cierocka , Leszek Rolbiecki , Paulina Kozina and Marta Kołodziej-Sobocińska
From the journal Acta Parasitologica


Among 15 demodecid mite species (Acariformes: Demodecidae) recorded from carnivorans Carnivora, 3 species were described from mustelids Mustelidae. They are known only from single records, for which Demodex erminae has been described from the stoat Mustela erminea from Great Britain and New Zealand, D. melesinus from the European badger Meles meles known solely from Great Britain and D. lutrae discovered in the Eurasian otter Lutra lutra from Poland. The current record confirms the existence of D. melesinus, in badger from Poland, after close to one hundred years from its original description, as well as the first detection of the male for this species.


Biological material for the study was collected under the EU Life project: The active protection of lowland wood grouse (Tetrao urogallus L.) populations on Lower-Silesians Forests and Augustowska Primeval Forest no. LIFE11 NAT/PU428. The authors are grateful to Dariusz Chilecki from MRI PAS for the technical assistance in material collection.


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Received: 2018-03-19
Revised: 2018-05-09
Accepted: 2018-06-07
Published Online: 2018-10-18
Published in Print: 2018-12-19

© 2018 W. Stefański Institute of Parasitology, PAS

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