Feeding habits of dog louse Heterodoxus spiniger (End) (Mallophaga, Amblycera)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1982
Authors:G. P. Agarwal, Chandra, S., Saxena, A. Kumar
Journal:Zeitschrift für angewandte Entomologie
Pagination:134 - 137
Date Published:1982

Haematophagous mallophagan species not only affect the vitality and growth of the hosts but are also convicted for reservoiring and transmitting pathogens among them. Dog louse, Heterodoxus spiniger exclusively feeds upon the host blood. As many as 84% of lice were found containing the host blood and not much difference is found in the feeding habits of different instars and adults of both the sexes. This species does not harbour any triturating agent and is also not involved in cannibalism or predation.

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