Caption: Rabbit ear mite (Psoroptes cuniculi). The ear or fur mite is a universal parasite causing cheyletiellosis and psoroptic mange. It has 4 stages of its 21 day life cycle - egg, larva, protonymph and adult. It is mainly found inside the rabbit ear pinnae. Psoroptes pierce the skin at the base of the hairs, suck lymph and causes inflammation The mucus and fecal material of the parasite causes an inflammatory reaction that results in severe itching. Often a secondary bacteria infections will develop, which can extend to the middle and inner ear causing torticollis. The blood that comes out of the lesion serves as a source of food for the parasitic mite.
Magnification*: x22
Type: SEM
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