Psorergatidae mite infestation in the brown rat Rattus norvegicus (Rodentia, Muridae): the first record of Psorergates rattus (Acariformes, Prostigmata) in Europe

Karolina Cierocka , Joanna Nina Izdebska


Psorergates rattus Fain & Goff, 1986 has been found in the brown rat Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769) in Poland. The species has previously been found only once, in the tail base of the brown rat in the United States. In the present case, ten rats from two localities in Poland (Pomerania) were examined and infestation was discovered in 20% of them, with a total of 12 mites found. This is not only the first discovery of the species in Poland and the second globally, but also the first observation of representatives of Psorergatidae in rodents of the genus Rattus in Europe. Moreover, immature specimens of P. rattus have been observed for the first time. The infestation was asymptomatic, although in the earlier study mange was observed despite the relatively low density of the mites, which indicates a potential pathogenic threat not only to wild rat populations, but also to laboratory animals and pets.
Author Karolina Cierocka (FB/DIZP)
Karolina Cierocka,,
- Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology
, Joanna Nina Izdebska (FB/DIZP)
Joanna Nina Izdebska,,
- Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology
Journal seriesTurkish Journal of Zoology, ISSN 1300-0179, e-ISSN 1303-6114, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.50
Keywords in EnglishPsorergates rattus, Psorergatidae, skin mites, Rattus norvegicus, brown rat
ASJC Classification1103 Animal Science and Zoology
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)40
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ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.809; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 0.607 (2) - 2018=0.761 (5)
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