Cuterebrid myiasis (Diptera: Oestridae) in captive ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at a South Carolina zoo

J Zoo Wildl Med. 2011 Sep;42(3):504-7. doi: 10.1638/2010-0179.1.


In September 2008, two ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta), comprising a mother-daughter pair, at the Greenville Zoo, Greenville, South Carolina, USA, were diagnosed with cuterebrid myiasis (Diptera: Oestridae) subsequent to sudden death of the adult lemur. On necropsy, a single bot warble was discovered in the subcutis of the axillary region. Histopathology revealed a severe eosinophilic bronchopneumonia. The juvenile lemur was inspected and found to have warbles on three separate dates in late September. One representative bot fly larva was identified as a Cuterebra sp. that normally infests lagomorphs in the southeastern United States. Cuterebrid myiasis is rarely reported in lemurs and has not been previously associated with pneumonia or death in these animals.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Zoo*
  • Diptera / classification*
  • Female
  • Larva
  • Lemur*
  • Myiasis / epidemiology
  • Myiasis / parasitology
  • Myiasis / pathology
  • Myiasis / veterinary*
  • Pulmonary Eosinophilia / pathology
  • Pulmonary Eosinophilia / veterinary
  • South Carolina / epidemiology