Acute impacts of the deer ked (Lipoptena cervi) infestation on reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) behaviour

@article{Kynknniemi2014AcuteIO,
  title={Acute impacts of the deer ked (Lipoptena cervi) infestation on reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) behaviour},
  author={Sanna-Mari Kynk{\"a}{\"a}nniemi and Maria Kettu and Raine Kortet and Laura H{\"a}rk{\"o}nen and Arja Kaitala and Tommi Paakkonen and A M Mustonen and Petteri Nieminen and Sauli H{\"a}rk{\"o}nen and Hannu Yl{\"o}nen and Sauli Laaksonen},
  journal={Parasitology Research},
  year={2014},
  volume={113},
  pages={1489-1497}
}
Blood-sucking ectoparasites have often a strong impact on the behaviour of their hosts. The annual insect harassment of reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) has increased in the southern part of the Finnish reindeer herding area because of the recent invasion of a blood-feeding ectoparasitic louse-fly, the deer ked (Lipoptena cervi). We studied the impact of the deer ked on the behaviour of reindeer. Twelve reindeer were infested with a total of 300 keds/reindeer on six occasions in a 5-week… CONTINUE READING
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