Parasitology Research

, Volume 118, Issue 6, pp 1963–1966 | Cite as

First report of a Hypoderma diana infestation in alpaca (Vicugna pacos) in Germany

  • Peter Lennart Venjakob
  • Corinna Vogel
  • Peter-Henning Clausen
  • Ard M. NijhofEmail author
Arthropods and Medical Entomology - Short Communication


A Hypoderma larva was removed from a painful swelling in the lumbar region of a 17-month-old male alpaca kept on a farm in the Brandenburg district, eastern Germany. Morphological analysis and sequencing of the 18S rRNA gene demonstrated it was a second instar larvae of Hypoderma diana. The main host of H. diana is the roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). This is the first description of hypodermosis caused by H. diana in a camelid species.


Hypoderma diana Alpaca Roe deer Germany 



We would like to thank the owners of the animal for their cooperation in this study and Ms. K. Seidl for providing pictures of the H. diana larva.

Funding information

AMN received financial support by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under project number 01KI1720 as part of the “Research Network Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.”

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinic for Animal ReproductionFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Veterinary practice Thiele & VogelBaruth/MarkGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary MedicineFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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