Skip to main content

Incidence of fur mite infestation in laboratory rodents


Incidence of fur mites in laboratory rodents is reported. Among mice, infestation was found to be highest in male Swiss Albino mice followed by female Swiss Albino mice, male Balb C mice and female Balb C mice. Infestation in Guinea pigs was 50 %. None of the rats screened were found to be positive for fur mites. Species of fur mites identified were Myocoptes musculinus in mice and Chirodiscoides caviae in Guinea pigs. Clinical signs in affected animals are also reported.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
Fig. 5
Fig. 6


  • Baker DG (2007) Flynn’s parasites of laboratory animals, 2nd edn. American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Blackwell Publishing, Iowa, USA, pp 361–363, pp 438–440

  • Fox JG, Anderson LC, Loew FM, Quimby FW (2002) Laboratory animal medicine, 2nd edn. Academic Press, New york

    Google Scholar 

  • Lindstrom KE, Carbone LG, Kellar DE, Mayorga MS, Wilkerson JD (2011) Soiled bedding sentinels for detection of fur mites in mice. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci 50:54–60

    CAS  PubMed  PubMed Central  Google Scholar 

  • Percy DH, Barthold SW (2007) Pathology of laboratory rodents and rabbits. Iowa State University Press, Ames

    Book  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to S. T. Bino Sundar.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Bino Sundar, S.T., Harikrishnan, T.J., Latha, B.R. et al. Incidence of fur mite infestation in laboratory rodents. J Parasit Dis 41, 383–386 (2017).

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Accepted:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


  • Fur mites
  • Mice
  • Guinea pig
  • Myocoptes musculinus
  • Chirodiscoides caviae