Warble infestations by Hypoderma tarandi (Diptera; Oestridae) recorded for the first time in West Greenland muskoxen

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Frederik Samuelsson, Peter Nejsum, Katrine Raundrup, Tina Vicky Alstrup Hansen, Christian Moliin Outzen Kapel

In the northern hemisphere, Caribou (Rangifer spp.) populations are known to be infested with the skin-penetrating ectoparasite, Hypoderma tarandi (Diptera; Oestridae). Although regarded as host specific, H. tarandi has been reported from other species, and has become of increasing concern as a zoonosis infecting humans. In February 2012, concurrent with the hunting of muskoxen, we examined carcasses for muscle and tissue parasites, and recorded warble larvae infestations. DNA extracted from samples of larvae was amplified targeting 579. bp of the COI gene, and subsequently sequenced, to be confirmed as H. tarandi. Infestation by oestrid flies has not previously been reported in muskoxen in West Greenland.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife
Volume2
Pages (from-to)214-216
Number of pages3
ISSN2213-2244
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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