A new species of Felicola (Phthiraptera : Trichodectidae) from the endangered Iberian lynx: another reason to ensure its survival

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2001
Authors:J. M. Pérez, Palma R. L.
Journal:Biodiversity and Conservation
Pagination:929 - 937
Date Published:2001
Keywords:Chewing lice, Felicola, Iberian, isidoroi, lice, Lorisicola, lynx, mtax, n.sp., parasite, PHP, sheep, soay, sp.nov., trichodectidae

A new chewing louse species, Felicola (Lorisicola) isidoroi, is described and illustrated from a male Iberian lynx, Lynx pardinus (Carnivora: Felidae) in southern Spain. Although the new species is based only on a single adult male, it was felt that the scarcity of the host and the distinctiveness of the louse warranted its description. Considering the high degree of host-specificity of this group of lice, the current conservation status of the host as the most vulnerable felid species in the world, and the low prevalence shown by the new louse, we propose the status of endangered for the louse species also. A list of parasites recorded on Lynx pardinus and other carnivore hosts from the Iberian Peninsula is given, and their host-specificity is discussed.

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