Document Type

Report

Publication Date

9-1-2009

Abstract

Hippobosca longipennis, the dog fly, is a blood-sucking parasite found mainly on carnivores. Its bites can be painful and irritating, although not all animals appear to be bothered. Heavy parasite burdens can occur on some animals: in one case, 180 specimens were found on a single captive cheetah. Extensive blood loss might be possible. H. longipennis is an intermediate host for Dipetalonema dracunculoides, a filarial parasite of dogs and hyenas. It may also be a vector or transport host for other pathogens.

Copyright Owner

Iowa State University

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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