Knemidokoptic mange in Hawai`i `Amakihi (Hemignathus virens) on the island of Hawai`i

Journal of Wildlife Diseases
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Lesions resembling knemidokoptic mange on the feet and tarsometatarsi of two Hawai`i `Amakihi (Hemignathus virens) were observed while the researchers were mist-netting wild passerines at Manuka Natural Area Reserve on the island of Hawai`i between 14 June 2007 and 19 June 2007. During subsequent mist-netting from September 2007 through February 2008, we found 26% (7/27) of the Hawai`i `Amakihi caught were similarly affected. Microscopic examination of skin scrapings from lesions of affected individuals revealed Knemidokoptes jamaicensis (Acari: Knemidokoptidae). This is the first report of Knemidokoptesspp. found in wild passerines in Hawai`i. No other wild passerines (n=573) have been found with knemidokoptic mange during our islandwide study of Hawai`i `Amakihi.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Knemidokoptic mange in Hawai`i `Amakihi (Hemignathus virens) on the island of Hawai`i
Series title Journal of Wildlife Diseases
DOI 10.7589/0090-3558-45.2.497
Volume 45
Issue 2
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher Wildlife Disease Association
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Description 5 p.
First page 497
Last page 501
Country United States
State Hawai`i
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