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Melophagus ovinus (sheep ked)

Synonyms: Melophaga hirtella; Melophagus bolivianus; Melophagus fera; Melophagus montanus

Wikipedia Abstract

Melophagus ovinus, or the sheep ked, is a brown, hairy fly that resembles a tick. This wingless fly is about 4 to 6 mm long and has a small head, is a fly from the family Hippoboscidae. They are blood-feeding parasites of sheep. The sheep ked feeds on the blood of its host by inserting their sharp mouthparts into capillaries beneath the skin. The legs of the sheep ked are very strong and are tipped with claws. Sheep keds live their whole lives in the wool of sheep.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom

Prey / Diet

Capra hircus (domestic goat)[1]
Ovis aries (sheep)[1]


Parasite of 
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[2]


British Columbia to Maine and s. to California, Lousiana, and North Carolina, Mexico, S. Amer., Australia, Hawaiian Isl., NZ;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
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