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