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First records of Trichodectes canis (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Trichodectidae) from Darwin’s fox, Pseudalopex fulvipes (Mammalia: Carnivora: Canidae)

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The presence of the dog biting louse, Trichodectes canis (De Geer, 1778; Ischnocera: Trichodectidae), is reported for the first time in the critically endangered Pseudalopex fulvipes (Martin, 1837) in Chiloé Island, south Chile.

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Funding for the fieldwork was provided by the Darwin Initiative, Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, UK. We are indebted to Ricardo L. Palma (Museum of New Zealand, Wellington) for his critical review of the manuscript.

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González-Acuña, D., Briceño, C., Cicchino, A. et al. First records of Trichodectes canis (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Trichodectidae) from Darwin’s fox, Pseudalopex fulvipes (Mammalia: Carnivora: Canidae). Eur J Wildl Res 53, 76–79 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-006-0066-y

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Keywords

  • Trichodectes canis
  • Phthiraptera
  • Darwin’s fox
  • Chile