Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 210–213 | Cite as

The first case of Leporacarus gibbus infestation in a rabbit from Poland

  • Wojciech ZygnerEmail author
  • Olga Gójska-Zygner
Research Note


This case report presents asymptomatic infestation with Leporacarus gibbus (formerly Listrophorus gibbus) in a pet rabbit. This is the first report of L. gibbus infestation in a pet rabbit from Poland. Previously, infestation in Poland had been detected only in hares.


Leporacarus gibbus Listrophorus gibbus mite Poland rabbit zoonosis 


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© Witold Stefański Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, Department of Preclinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineWarsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGWWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Center of Small Animal Health Clinic MultiwetWarsawPoland

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