Ectoparasites on reintroduced Roe Deer capreolus capreolus in Israel

Arian D. Wallach, Uri Shanas, Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu, Moshe Inbar

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The ectoparasite fauna of reintroduced roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) was surveyed in a Mediterranean forest in Israel. Ectoparasites were collected from four female hand-reared deer during 2004 and 2005. Seasonality, predilection sites of infestation, and the apparent effect of the parasites are presented. This is the first study of roe deer parasites in the East Mediterranean. The ectoparasite fauna included three hippoboscid fly (Lipoptena capreoli, Hippobosca equina, and Hippobosca longipennis ), four tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Rhipicephalus turanicus, Rhipicephalus kohlsi, and Hyalomma marginatum), and one unidentified trombiculid mite species. For most of these ectoparasites, this is the first record on roe deer. All ectoparasite species were documented in Israel prior to the reintroduction program; exotic ectoparasites were not detected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-696
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Capreolus
  • Ectoparasites
  • Hand-reared
  • Mediterranean forest
  • Ticks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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