Zoolog Sci. Apr;24(4) Population expansion of the poultry fluff louse, Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, ) (Ischnocera, Phthiraptera). Saxena. Brief summary. No one has contributed a brief summary to this page yet. Explore what EOL knows about Goniocotes gallinae. Add a brief summary to this page. Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, ). Ricinus gallinaeDe Geer, 79, pl. 4, fig. Distrito Federal: Gallus gallus, no date (Ancona b). Estado de.

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Antennae have 4 or 5 segments, but they are less visible than in the gojiocotes lice because they occupy an antennal groove in the head. This combination of pathological effects often greatly reduces productivity of a flock. Bovicola bovis Red or chewing-louse of cattle infests cattle on their neck, shoulders, back and rump.

Trichodectes canis Dog chewing-louse infests domestic dogs on their head, neck and tail. It feeds only on the feathers and these lice can be seen in rows clasping a feather shaft [8]. The ischnoceran lice that infest domestic animals are in two families. Heterodoxus spiniger is considered to have evolved in Australia. This damage is known as spot and fleck. Mouthparts are supplemented with a pair of palps next to the chewing mandibles.

Note that in comparison to an infestation of sheep with psoroptic scab mites Bovicola lice do not directly cause the skin to form moist scabs, the surface of the skin will appear intact, although with heavy infestations self-grooming may damage the skin. Heavy infestations in young birds may be highly damaging but this louse is rarely a severe pest to adult birds.

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Claws on the legs are variable, one or a pair depending on the genus. Such infestations lead to the hair-coat having a lousy appearance: Irritation and pruritus leads to restless self-grooming. The three segments of the thorax are fused together, and the boundaries between them are indistinct.


Views Read Edit View history. Infestations with the actively mobile M. Menacanthus stramineus Chicken body-louse infests chickens, other poultry species, aviary and game birds. On the ventral surface of the head a pair of backward directed spines is usually visible.

It also infests wild canids. Heterodoxus spiniger infests domestic dogs and other canids, also marsupial mammals. Menopon gallinae Shaft-louse infests chickens, turkeys and ducks on their breast and thigh feathers.

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This louse is an intermediate host of the tapeworm of dogs, Dipylidium caninum. This species may need to be distinguished from Heterodoxus spiniger on dogs in countries where both species of chewing lice occur.

Lipeurus caponis Wing-louse infests the underside of wings and tail of chickens. This occurs despite the superficial feeding of these lice [1]. Parasitic Insects, Mites and Ticks: Policies and guidelines Contact us.

Palps are absent at goniovotes mouthparts. This species may need to be distinguished from Trichodectes canis on dogs in countries where both species of chewing lice occur.

Heavy infestations produce irritation gonlocotes biting-stress, leading to restlessness and much self-grooming. In other languages Add links. Felicola subrostrata is the only species of louse likely to be found on domestic cats.

Effective self-grooming seems to protect most cats from harmful levels of infestation. The dog becomes infected when it ingests infected lice that it has groomed off [3]. The Trichodectidae infest mammals: The thorax appears in two parts: From Wikibooks, open books for an open world. Amblyceran lice mostly parasitize birds, but also are found on marsupial mammals, and mammals in the Americas. Lice in this group are similar in feeding habits to the ischnoceran lice because they feed with chewing mouthparts.


The claws of the legs do not articulate onto a distinct tibial claw as often seen in the sucking lice. This species is the most damaging of the bird gzllinae [7].

Young birds are particularly harmed by these lice; infestations can build up rapidly, leaving the birds weak and even killing them. Genera of Medical and Veterinary Importance.

The lice may penetrate the blood vessels at base of feathers, leading to anemia. Irritation, pruritus, and restlessness cause loss of production. Infestations are particularly dense on the breast, thighs, and around the vent. Infestations are usually slight, but heavy infestations damage the plumage and cause restlessness leading to reduced productivity of poultry [4].

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This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat These mandibles also goniovotes used to grip onto hairs or feathers, and there is a groove in the ventral surface of the head to fit hairs or feather shafts.

These lice feed on feathers and underlying skin over most parts of their host’s main body. It has spread to tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Americas, gonicootes to Africa.

Bovicola ovis Red or chewing-louse of sheep infests sheep on their back and upper regions of their body; B.