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Scanning electron microscopy description of a new species of Demodex canis spp.

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Veterinary dermatology

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      Between 1997 and 1999, the prevalence of Demodex canis mites was determined in 150 dogs. In two dogs, we found two different species of mites; Demodex canis and another, unidentified, Demodex mite. The unidentified Demodex mite species had several different morphological features. First, it had a short opisthosoma and an obtuse end. In addition, the fourth coxisternal plate was rectangular and there was a band-like segmental plate between the fourth coxisternal plate and opisthosoma. Although all of the morphology and the development of male mites could not be investigated in this study, the location of the opisthosoma and the genital pore clearly differed from Demodex canis, suggesting that this unidentified mite is a new species.

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      [1 ] College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University, Fujisawa, Japan. chuo-pethospital@kl.wind.ne.jp
      Journal
      Vet. Dermatol.
      Veterinary dermatology
      0959-4493
      0959-4493
      Oct 2001
      : 12
      : 5
      11906652
      258

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