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

Joanna N. Izdebska
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  • Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza 59, 80-308 Gdańsk, Poland
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Published Online: 2018-10-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0078

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Prostigmata; Demodex melesinus; demodecid mites; Mustelidae; Meles meles; Central Europe

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About the article

Received: 2018-03-19

Revised: 2018-05-09

Accepted: 2018-06-07

Published Online: 2018-10-18

Published in Print: 2018-12-19


Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 63, Issue 4, Pages 665–668, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0078.

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