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Sarcoptic mange in wild quichua porcupines (Coendou quichua Thomas, 1899) in Colombia
- Gonzalez-Astudillo, Viviana, Leon-Alvarado, Omar D., Ossa-Lopez, Paula Andrea, Rivera-Paez, Fredy Arvey, Ramírez-Chaves, Héctor E.
- International journal for parasitology 2018 v.7 no.1 pp. 95-98
- Sarcoptes scabiei, alopecia, conservation status, domestic animals, hyperkeratosis, mites, predators, rodents, scabies, watersheds, Colombia
- The Quichua porcupine (Coendou quichua) is a neotropical rodent with uncertain taxonomic and conservation status. Two Quichua porcupines with severe hyperkeratosis and alopecia were found in the Magdalena River Basin of Colombia. Sarcoptes scabiei, the mite causing mange, a disease carried mainly by domestic animals, was confirmed via parasitological and molecular methods. This is the first report of mange in neotropical porcupines to date. The population-level impact of mange in Coendou spp., related mammals and predators in Colombia might represent a threat and needs further investigation.