Ectoparasites of guinea fowl (Numida meleagris galeata Pallas) and local domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) in southern Guinea Savanna, Nigeria

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1988
Authors:A. N. Okaeme
Journal:Veterinary Research Communications
Pagination:277 - 280
Date Published:1988
Keywords:animals, chicken, ectoparasite, fleas, Lice Infestations/epidemiology/veterinary, Mallophaga, Mite Infestations/epidemiology/veterinary, Nigeria, poultry, Poultry Diseases

The ectoparasites of poultry in a southern guinea savanna zone were investigated by the examination of guinea fowl and local domestic chickens in the range and guinea fowl under intensive management. The prevalent ectoparasites of range guinea fowl and local chickens include seven species of lice Menacanthus stramineus, Menopon gallinae, Goniodes gigas, Goniocotes gallinae, Lipeurus caponis, Numidilipeurus tropicalis, Damalinia bovis; three mites Bdellonyssus bursa, Megninia cubitalis, Dermanyssus gallinae; two fleas Echidnophaga gallinacea, Ctenocephalides felis and two ticks Argas persicus and Ambylomma variegatum. Under intensive management, infestation by G. gigas, L. caponis and M. gallinae led to clinical signs, feather damage, reduced food intake and death.

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