Exotic ectoparasites of ostriches recently imported into the United States

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1991
Authors:J. W. Mertins, Schlater J. L.
Journal:Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume:27
Issue:1
Pagination:180 - 182
Date Published:1991
Keywords:amblyomma, fly, haemaphysalis, Hippoboscidae, ixodid, louse, ostrich, parasite, rhipicephalus turanicus, spp, struthiobosca, struthionis, survey, ticks
Abstract:

Eleven species of ectoparasitic arthropods were collected and identified from ostriches (Struthio camelus) recently imported into the United States from Africa and Europe. Four of these species are reported from ostriches for the first time. The parasites included adult hippoboscid flies (Struthiobosca struthionis) and 10 species of adult ixodid ticks (Amblyomma gemma, A. lepidum, A. variegatum, Haemaphysalis punctata, Hyalomma albiparmatum, H. luscitanicum, H. marginatum rufipes, H. truncatum, Hyalomma sp., and Rhipicephalus turanicus. As a result of these findings, the U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibited further importation into the United States of ostriches and other flightless birds on an interim basis.

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