Fleas, lice and mites on scrub hares (Lepus saxatilis) in northern and eastern Transvaal in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1995
Authors:J. P. Louw, Horak, I. G., Horak, M. L., Braack, L. E. O.
Journal:Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
Pagination:133 - 137
Date Published:1995
Keywords:fleas, KwaZulu Natal, Lepus, lice, mites, scrub, Transvaal

Fleas, lice and mites were collected from 24 and 120 scrub hares at Pafuri and Skukuza, Northern and Eastern Transvaal, respectively, in the Kruger National Park, and from 34 scrub hares in the Hluhluwe region, north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal. Ctenocephalides felis damarensis, the only flea recovered, reached peak burdens on the hares at each locality during late winter or spring. Juvenile hares harboured significantly fewer fleas than did adult animals. The lice Haemodipsus lyriocephalus and Haemodipsus setoni were collected from hares at each locality, with H. setoni generally being the most abundant. Listrophorus leporicolus was found on hares at Skukuza and Hluhluwe, and mites of the genus Cheyletiella were collected from hares at Skukuza.

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