Lung mites ( Pneumocoptes sp.) in bank voles ( Clethrionomys glareolus ) in Southwest Germany
Lung mites of the genusPneumocoptes were found in bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus) in Southwest Germany. This is the second time that lung mites have been recorded from a rodent in Europe1. In 1964 they were discovered in histological sections of a lung of a bank vole in France and were described asP. tiollaisi Doby, 1963. Only three more species of the genus are known from rodents in the United States. The mites are viviparous; larvae and nymphs are described for the first time. The host specificity seems to be “natural” and not “physiological”, since in a natural environment only bank voles were found to be infected. In the laboratory, mites were transmitted from infected bank vole mothers to sucklings of the common field vole (Microtus arvalis).
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