Parasites of domestic and wild animals in South Africa. XXXVI. Arthropod parasites of yellow mongooses, Cynictis penicillata (G. Cuvier, 1829)

01 Oct 2012

Eighty yellow mongooses, Cynictis penicillata, from five localities in South Africa were examined for arthropod parasites. Ten ixodid tick species, of which Haemaphysalis zumpti was the most abundant, prevalent and widely distributed, were collected. The mongooses were also infested with two mite species. Echidnophaga gallinacea was the most abundant of the eight flea species collected. It and Ctenocephalides connatus were present at every locality. A single biting louse species, Felicola cynictis, was recovered and it was the most prevalent ectoparasite on the mongooses.