Dermanyssus gallinae

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Der·ma·nys·sus gal·li·nae

(der'mă-nis'ŭs ga-lē'nē),
The red hen-mite, a parasite of chickens, pigeons, and other birds; it sometimes attacks humans and causes an itching eruption, especially in sensitized people.
[derm- + G. nyssō, to prick; L. gallina, hen]

Dermanyssus gallinae

(dĕr″mă-nĭ′sŭs găl-ī′nē) [Gr. derma, skin + nyssō, to prick + L. gallina, hen]
A species of mite found in chickens. Its bite may cause an itchy rash, esp. prevalent in owners of infested farm animals or pets.

Dermanyssus gallinae

a member of the genus of the Dermanyssidae family of mites.
A major parasite of domestic fowls but also occurs on other birds including aviary and wild colonies. Causes death due to anemia. A vector for spirochetosis of fowls and possibly the equine encephalitides. A common chance parasite of humans from heavy infestations in urban bird colonies. Called also red mite.
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There are at least 40 feather mite families with about 2,400 species described (Mironov, 2003).
Since those arachnids feed on oil that birds spread from their gland, the abovementioned authors hypothesized and showed that the number of mites correlated positively with the size of the uropygial gland of their hosts, suggesting that the size of the gland may explain the variance in feather mite load among conspecifics.
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