Extent of Haematophagy of a Pigeon Louse Hohorstiella lata (Amblycera: Phthiraptera)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2018
Authors:S. Kumar, Khan, G., Ali, R., Saxena, A. Kumar
Journal:The Indian Veterinary Journal
Date Published:April 2018

An analysis of the crop contents of an amblyceran louse, Hohorstiella lata infesting pigeons (Columba livia) in District Rampur (UP) revealed that 57% adult males, 73% adult females, 10% rst instar nymphs, 17% second instar nymphs and 20% third instar nymphs contain red contents compatible with host blood along with feather barbules. The pointed post-palpal spine occurring at the base of maxillary palp may be used by the lice for procuring the host blood.

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