Psoroptes sp. Infestation in Sulawesi Bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus) in Indonesia

Purwanta Purwanta, Mihrani Mihrani, Sartika Juwita, Ahmad Nadif, Ali Ma’shum, Muh Arby Hamire


One male and two female sulawesi bear cuscus (Ailurops ursinus), weighing 4.4, 5.1 and 4.6 kg was admitted to the Animal Health Center of the Gowa Agriculture Extension College. Upon physical examination auricular skin lesions, and erythematous and pruritic skin lesions, both on the ventral abdomen and on extremities were detected. Microscopic examination of skin scrapings taken from pinnae and hair plucked from the medial extremities region revealed the presence of Psoroptes sp. The ventral abdominal and extremitas localization of Psoroptes sp. was evaluated as an ectopic infestation. To our knowledge, this is the first report of Psoroptes sp. in Sulawesi Bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus) in Indonesia. The Sulawesi bears cuscus were injected subcutaneously with ivermectin at 0.1 mg/kg of bodyweight, as well as with injected intramusculary a ADE combination to supportive therapy. Three Sulawesi Bears Cuscus became negative for mites after third treatments of ivermectin at seven days interval, and clinical mange did not recur.

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International Journal of Biology   ISSN 1916-9671(Print)   ISSN 1916-968X  (Online)

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