Epidermoptid mange in Laysan albatross fledglings in Hawaii

Kirsten Vk Gilardi, James D. Gilardi, Anthony Frank, M. Lee Goff, Walter M Boyce

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Mange caused by the epidermoptid mite Myialges nudus (Acari: Epidermoptidae) is described in 31 dead fledgling Laysan albatrosses (Phoebastria immutabilis) from Midway Atoll (Hawaii, USA) sampled from 18 June to 10 July 1990 and from 21 June to 22 July 1991. This is the first record for this parasite from this host. Mites were collected from the skin; were located primarily in the stratum corneum; and were associated with mild to severe granulomatous inflammation, hyperkeratosis, dermal edema, ballooning degeneration of keratinocytes, neovascularization, and subdermal fibrosis. The severity of inflammation in some birds suggested that dermatitis due to M. nudus could be a significant cause of morbidity, or even mortality, in these birds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001


  • Epidermoptidae
  • Laysan albatross
  • Mange
  • Mite
  • Myialges
  • Seabird

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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