Demodex phocidi (Acariformes: Demodecidae) from Phoca vitulina (Carnivora: Phocidae) - the second observation in the world and a supplement to the species description

Joanna Nina Izdebska , Leszek Rolbiecki , Karolina Cierocka , Iwona Pawliczka Vel Pawlik


The present study describes a finding of the demodecid mite Demodex phocidiin the seal Phoca vitulinain the Baltic Sea. This is the first identification in Europe and the second in the world. This is also the first observation of the Demodecidae family in the pinnipeds outside North America. A high density of demodecid mites was observed in the skin of the examined seal, but no symptoms of parasitosis were observed. Our findings also supplement the taxonomic description and morphometry of D. phocidi.
Author Joanna Nina Izdebska (FB/DIZP)
Joanna Nina Izdebska,,
- Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology
, Leszek Rolbiecki (FB/DIZP)
Leszek Rolbiecki,,
- Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology
, Karolina Cierocka (FB/DIZP)
Karolina Cierocka,,
- Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology
, Iwona Pawliczka Vel Pawlik (FOG/IO/HMS)
Iwona Pawliczka Vel Pawlik,,
- Hel Marine Station
Journal seriesOceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, ISSN 1730-413X, e-ISSN 1897-3191, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.50
Keywords in EnglishDemodecid mites, Pinnipedia, harbor seal, marine mammals, Baltic Sea
ASJC Classification1910 Oceanography
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 02-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.463; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 0.674 (2) - 2018=0.854 (5)
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