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The diet of the parasitic mite Trichosurolaelaps crassipes Womersley, 1956 and its potential to act as a disease vector

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The anatomy of the gaster of Trichosurolaelaps crassipes is illustrated. Protonymphs, deutonymphs and adults were all seen with a scarlet gut and gave strongly positive results to occult blood tests. Host blood cells were identified in a gut smear from a female mite. An adult female gut could hold about 7.1 x 10-6 ml. The mite was seen frequenting small open skin lesions. Gram-negative bacteria identified in the mite`s gut are most likely to be endosymbionts. Mite larvae have their gastric caeca invaded by these bacteria before birth. There is a potential for this mite to act as a weak vector of disease from one possum to another.

Keywords: Disease transmission; Mites; Parasitology - ecto; Possum; Skin; Species description

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1995-11-01

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