Sarcoptes scabiei alters follicular dynamics in female Iberian ibex through a reduction in body weight

José Espinosa, José E. Granados, Francisco J. Cano-Manuel, Jorge R. López-Olvera, Arián Ráez-Bravo, Diego Romero, Ramón C. Soriguer, Jesús M. Pérez, Paulino Fandos

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© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Normal development of the ovarian cycle is a key factor in ensuring female reproductive success. Sarcoptes scabiei has been shown to induce changes in host physiology, although the effects of this mite on the female reproductive cycle are still unknown. In an attempt to clarify this issue, the number of ovarian structures (primary follicles, secondary follicles, Graaf follicles, corpus luteum and corpus albicans) in female Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica) affected by sarcoptic mange was explored by histological analysis of samples taken from 102 females selectively harvested in the Sierra Nevada Natural Space, southern Spain. The effect of mange status, body weight (corrected for age), age and year of sampling on the number of ovarian structures was assessed using generalized linear models. Our results provide evidence that sarcoptic mange alters follicular dynamics through a reduction in host body weight, whose main consequences are noted in follicular maturation and ovulatory capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-156
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2017


  • Body weight
  • Capra pyrenaica
  • Ovarian cycle
  • Sarcoptes scabiei
  • Sarcoptic mange


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