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Otodectes ear mite
Scientific classification
O. cynotis
Binomial name
Otodectes cynotis
(Hering, 1838)

Otodectes is a genus of parasitic mite in the superfamily Psoroptidae (the biting cohort of the Sarcoptiformes order of mites). There is a single species of mite in this genus, Otodectes cynotis.[1] This mite is within the class Arachnida and subclass Acari for mites and ticks. Otodectes are external parasites (ectoparasites) of dogs, cats and ferrets,[2] but can be found on many other mammals.[3] Otodectes is found worldwide.[4]

The mite is 0.4 mm (0.016 in) in size,[2] approximately the size of a grain of salt, and can be seen with the naked eye.[5] It lives in the external ear canal of its host, and causes intense irritation leading to otitis externa.[2]

The lifecycle of O. cynotis takes approximately three weeks.[1]

Otodectes cynotis is typically spread by direct contact with infected species and does not have evidence of living in the environment for transmission.[6]


New Latin Otodectes is from Greek prefix "ωτο- (ōto-)" meaning "ear" and the Greek word "δήκτης (dēktēs)" meaning "begger."[7]


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  6. ^ Lefkaditis, M. A.; Koukeri, S. E.; Mihalca, A. D. (2009-08-26). "Prevalence and intensity of Otodectes cynotis in kittens from Thessaloniki area, Greece". Veterinary Parasitology. Special Section: EVPC 2008: Veterinary parasitology and climate change. 163 (4): 374–375. doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2009.04.027. ISSN 0304-4017.
  7. ^ "Otodectes cynotis | American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists". www.aavp.org. Retrieved 2021-01-17.