Guinea Pigs

The fur louse

Fig. 105. The fur mite, Trimenopon jenningsi and its eggs. (Seguy)

Trimenopon jenningsi. A biting louse. It is 1.7 mm long and seen throughout the body of the guinea pig. It causes itching and does not infect humans.

Gliricola Porcelli. Another species of the biting louse. It is up to 1.7 mm long and very thin. It is found throughout the body, causing itching and hair loss. Harmless to humans.

Gyropus ovalis. A third species of the biting louse. It only 1 mm long, and is found on the neck as well as on the back of the head. It causes itching and dull fur. It does not infect humans.

Chirodiscoides caviae

Fig. 107. The mite Chirodiscoides caviae. (Baker & Wharton)

The guinea pig itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei. P.122. Symptoms include thickened skin and itching. It can transfer pseudo scabies to humans.

Chirodiscoides caviae. A mite that lives like Listrophorus gibbus on the rabbit. It is mostly seen in the groin and armpits of the guinea pig and may cause itching and hair loss. It does not infect people.

Gliricola Porcelli and Gyropus ovalis

Fig. 106. Gliricola Porcelli (left) and Gyropus ovalis (right). ( Seguy)