Demodex injai: a new species of hair follicle mite (Acari: Demodecidae) from the domestic dog (Canidae).

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut-Hartford Campus, 85 Lawler Road, West Hartford, CT 06117-2697, USA.
Journal of Medical Entomology (Impact Factor: 1.86). 04/2003; 40(2):146-9. DOI: 10.1603/0022-2585-40.2.146
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ABSTRACT Demondex injai sp. nov. is described from the hair follicles of a domestic dog in Columbus, OH in October 1996. The mites occupy follicles from the orifice down to and into the sebaceous glands. The individual host may harbor both this new species and D. canis. A comparison of these two species is provided for identification purposes.

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