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Are Hippoboscid Flies a Major Mode of Transmission of Feather Mites?

AuthorsJovani, Roger ; Tella, José Luis ; Sol, Daniel; Ventura, D.
Issue DateOct-2001
PublisherAmerican Society of Parasitologists
CitationJournal of Parasitology 87(5):1187-1189. 2001
AbstractFeather mites (Astigmata) are distributed around the world. living on the feathers of birds, but their mechanisms for transmission among hosts are not fully understood. There is anecdotal evidence of feather mites attached to louseflies (Diptera: Hippoboscidae). suggesting that feather mites may use these flies as a mode of phoretic transmission among birds. Two bird—lousefly associations (alpine swift Apus ,,,e!ha— Crataerina rnelbae and feral pigeon Colunzba livia—Pseudolynclzia COO­ ariensis) were inspected to test the hypothesis that feather mites use hippoboscid flies as major mode of transmission. Both bird species showed a high prevalence and abundance of feather mites and louseflies. However, no feather mites were found attached to the 405 louseflies inspected, although skin mites (Epidermoptidae and Cheyletiellidae) were found on louseflies collected from feral pigeons. This study sug­ gests that feather mites do not use hippoboscid flies as a major mode of transmission among birds.
Publisher version (URL)http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1645/0022-3395%282001%29087%5B1187%3AAHFAMM%5D2.0.CO%3B2
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