Microfilaria spp are a rare hematophagous parasite of dogs in India.
Species which have been reported in dogs include:
- Microfilaria auquieri
The adult form of Mf. auquieri is not yet known as attempts to search for the adult parasite failed despite a systematic post-mortem by the early French researchers. It is interesting to note also that almost all dogs in Ladakh, and a small proportion in Delhi, were found infested with a species of blood-sucking fly, identified as Hippobosca longipennis.
Speculation exists whether Hippobosca are a mere co-incidence that this fly also happens to be common in Algeria where Mf. auquieri was first reported.
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