Eggshell Morphology of Selected Indian Bird Lice (Phthiraptera: Amblycera and Ischnocera)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:N. Gupta, Khan, V., Kumar, S., Saxena, S., Rashmi, A., Saxena, A. Kumar
Journal:Entomological News
Date Published:May 2009
Keywords:Allocolpocephalum fregili, Bird lice, Brueelia amandavae, Bucerophagous africanus, Companulotes bidentatus compar, Corvonirmus saliemi, eggshell, Gallus domestica, India, Lipeurus heterographus, Microtopography, Philopterus lahorensis

Microtopography of the eggshell of eight phthirapteran species infesting different avian hosts was studied by SEM. Nature of the markings present on the egg chorion of species studied was compared to the eggshells of already described species. It was found that the markings present on the egg cases of avian lice could be used to differentiate the genera and species. The occurrence of Goniocotes jirufti and Menacanthus kalatitar on brown partridges is noted for the first time

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