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Durden, L. A., and D. J. Richardson. Ecotoparasites of the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), Raccoon (Procyon lotor), and Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) from Keith County, Nebraska (2013) Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 33, 21–24.


Copyright (c) 2013 Lance A. Durden and Dennis J. Richardson.


Six Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana), nine raccoons (Procyon lotor) and one striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) collected from Keith County Nebraska were examined for ectoparasites. All three host species were parasitized by adults of the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis. Opossums were also parasitized by the flea Pulex simulans and the tiny fur mite Didelphilichus serri­fer; the latter species represents a new state record for Nebraska. Raccoons were also parasitized by P. simulans and by the lago­morph-associated flea Euhoplopsyllus glacialis affinis, whereas the skunk was also parasitized by the chewing louse Neotrichodectes mephiditis.