Hoplopleura ramgarh sp. nov. and Hoplopleura sinhgarh sp. nov. (Anoplura: Hoplopleuridae), parasitizing Mus spp. (Rodentia: Muridae) in India

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1972
Authors:A. C. Mishra, Bhat, H. R., Kulkarni, S. M.
Pagination:11 - 21
Date Published:1972
Keywords:animals, Anoplura, India, Lice Infestations/epidemiology/veterinary, mice, Rodent Diseases/epidemiology

Two new species of the genus Hoplopleura are described from two closely related species of the genus Mus. H. ramgarh sp.nov. was found parasitizing Mus platythrix Bennett, 1932, in the Western Himalayan region in North India and in the Western Ghats in Peninsular India. H. sinhgarh sp.nov. was found parasitizing a species of the genus Mus, closely related to M. platythrix, and occurring sympatrically with it. The exact taxonomical status of this rodent species is still under investigation. The occurrence of two distinct species of lice on closely related sympatric populations of these mice has given an indication of their being two distinct taxa, a fact later supplemented by some consistent but not easily delineable skin and skull characters.

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