Case Report

Nymphal Linguatulosis in Indian Crested Porcupines (Histrix Indica) in Southwest of Iran


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Rajabloo M, Razavi SM, Shayegh H, Mootabi Alavi A. Nymphal Linguatulosis in Indian Crested Porcupines (Histrix Indica) in Southwest of Iran. J Arthropod Borne Dis. 9(1):131-136.