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Interactions of common species of family Hippoboscidae in Slovakia with their avian and mammalian hosts: their diversity and potential for disease transmission

Laura Mlynárová https://orcid.org/0009-0004-1817-7792; Jozef Oboňa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1185-658X; Peter Bagin; Beáta Baranová https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5453-740X; Rudolf Cáfal; Eva Čisovská Bazsalovicsová https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4308-8594; Alexander Csanády https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1679-3562; Kateřina Dvořáková https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1815-488X; Miro Fulín; Gernot Kunz; Stanislav Greš; Ivica Králová-Hromadová https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0523-7093; Peter Krišovský; Peter Manko https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1862-9117; Alžbeta Radačovská https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0336-0699; Jakub Repaský; Daniela Tomášiková; Martin Hromada https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5626-1205

1 March 2024 · volume 46 · (issue 3) · pp. 59–76 · PDF [full text]

Abstract: The hippoboscids play important roles in ecosystem functioning and can serve as indicators of biodiversity and ecosystem health. These bloodsucking ectoparasites are important from a public health perspective, as they can serve as vectors of various endoparasitic pathogens in animals and humans, although our understanding is still limited in this case. The current study provides information on the host species and distribution, which can contribute to the understanding of the ecology and epidemiology of these important arthropods with a potential impact on both animal and human health. We present an ecological parasite-host interaction network of louse flies and deer keds (Diptera: Hippoboscidae) collected from various sites in Slovakia from this time. A total of 123 new samples of eight hippoboscid fly species were captured on 17 species, including 15 birds and two mammals. New host-parasite interactions were recorded for the first time.

Keywords: birds, ectoparasites, hippoboscid, interaction network, mammals

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