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The moose throat bot fly Cephenemyia ulrichii larvae (Diptera: Oestridae) found developing in roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) for the first time

Arne C Nilssen1, Marja Isomursu2 and Antti Oksanen2*

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1 Tromsø University Museum, NO-9037 Tromsø, Norway

2 Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, Fish and Wildlife Health Research Unit (FINPAR), P.O. Box 517, FIN-90101 Oulu, Finland

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Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 2008, 50:14  doi:10.1186/1751-0147-50-14

Published: 2 June 2008

Abstract

About fifty larvae of Cephenemyia ulrichii Brauer (Diptera: Oestridae), some of them nearly full-grown third instars, were found in the throat of a roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in June 2007 near Helsinki in Finland. The parasite is considered to be host specific, occurring only in the moose (Alces alces), and this paper is apparently the first report of a successful infestation in an aberrant host.