fontinella (the only known mouse-specialist Cuterebra species in Florida), in none of these studies was the species of Cuterebra identified.
Two flies obtained from larvae infesting an eastern woodrat (Neotoma floridana) in Indian River County, Florida, are identified as Cuterebra fontinella, a species that typically parasitizes various species of mice.
For cats affected by the cuterebra
parasite, the prognosis may also be favorable.
Bot fly (Cuterebra
sp.) parasitism of white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in southern Illinois.
Effects of bot fly (Cuterebra fontinella) parasitism on a population of white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus).
Effects of bot fly (Cuterebra) parasitism on activity patterns of Peromyscus maniculatus in the laboratory.
Identification of a surgically removed Cuterebra
larva by scanning electron microscopy.
During curation of the immature insect collection in the Department of Entomology & Nematology at the University of Florida, an isopropanol-preserved larva that appeared to belong to a Cuterebra
species was encountered.
Bot flies, Cuterebra
sp., are myiasis-producing parasites that typically infect rodents and lagomorphs (Davidson & Nettles 1988).
However, a cuterebra
infestation has a distinguishing feature in cats that owners should be aware of: "If it ends up developing its lesion in the skin and migrates deep into the cat's body, it is lethal.
cutaneous myiasis: Case report and world literature review.
There are over 30 Cuterebra
species that have evolved to be host-specific obligate parasites (Sabrosky 1986; Wood 1987).