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Chiggers recently infesting spea spp. In Texas, USA, were eutrombicula alfreddugesi, not hannemania sp.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21719825     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Upon re-examination of preserved larval chiggers collected from spadefoot toads (Spea bombifrons and Spea multiplicata) in the Southern High Plains of Texas, USA, and identified previously as Hannemania sp., we found them to be Eutrombicula alfreddugesi. A review of previous reports of Eutrombicula spp. chiggers on amphibian hosts provides context for current findings. All members of the genus Hannemania are specialized larval parasites of amphibians, whereas larval E. alfreddugesi are generalist parasites of a wide variety of terrestrial vertebrate hosts that infrequently includes amphibians. Spadefoot toads are previously undocumented hosts for E. alfreddugesi, and observed infestations were unusually prevalent and intense for this chigger on an amphibian host.
Authors:
James W Mertins; Shannon M Torrence; M C Sterner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of wildlife diseases     Volume:  47     ISSN:  1943-3700     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Wildl. Dis.     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0244160     Medline TA:  J Wildl Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  612-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, National Veterinary Services Laboratories, 1920 Dayton Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010, USA.
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