Dermanyssus spp

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Adult D. gallinae[1]

Dermanyssus spp (chicken mite) are an hematophagous parasitic mite which sometimes infests dogs and rabbits, which are an accidental host[2].

These mites are frequently found on birds and in bird nests. The life cycle can be completed in a week or less and adults can survive starvation for months.

Species which are pathogenic to dogs include:

  • Dermanyssus gallinae[3]

These mites usually cause pruritus and secondary dermatitis due to scratching by the dog. Clinically, infestations present as 'walking dandruff' (similar to [[Cheylitiella spp]. Their importance as disease vectors in unclear[4].


  1. Medirabbit
  2. Ramsay GW et al (1975) Chicken mite (Dermanyssus gallines) infesting a dog. N Z Vet J 23(7):155-1556
  3. George JB et al (1992) Louse and mite infestation in domestic animals in northern Nigeria. Trop Anim Health Prod 24(2):121-124
  4. Bowman, DD (2009) Georgis' parasitology for veterinarians. 9th edn. Elsevier Saunders, Missouri. pp:60-61