Laminosioptes cysticola

Laminosioptes cysticola, also referred to as the fowl cyst mite, is a subcutaneous acarid ectoparasite. The name of the disease associated with infestation of L. cysticola is called laminosioptiasis. The parasite penetrates into the bird's subcutaneous tissue, where it feeds and eventually dies, the dead parasites are then encysted in collagen and cysts may evolve to calcification.

Hosts: It occurs in chickens, turkeys, pheasants, geese, psittacines, and passerines worldwide.

Taxonomy

  • Order: Laminosioptidae
  • Family: Acariformes
  • Genus: Laminosioptes

Hosts

  • chickens
  • turkeys
  • pheasants
  • geese
  • psittacines
  • and passerines