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Zoolog Sci. Apr;24(4) Population expansion of the poultry fluff louse, Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, ) (Ischnocera, Phthiraptera). Saxena. Brief summary. No one has contributed a brief summary to this page yet. Explore what EOL knows about Goniocotes gallinae. Add a brief summary to this page. Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, ). Ricinus gallinaeDe Geer, 79, pl. 4, fig. Distrito Federal: Gallus gallus, no date (Ancona b). Estado de.

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This louse is an intermediate host for the tapeworm of dogs, Dipylidium caninum. Policies and guidelines Contact us.

The lice may penetrate the blood vessels at base of feathers, leading to anemia. The thorax appears in two parts: The Philopteridae infest birds: The dog becomes infected when it ingests infected lice that it has groomed off [3].

Heterodoxus spiniger is considered to have evolved in Australia. Claws on the legs are variable, one or a pair depending on the genus.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Young birds are particularly harmed by these lice; infestations can build up rapidly, leaving the birds weak and even killing them. Note that in comparison to an infestation of sheep with psoroptic scab mites Bovicola lice do not directly cause the skin to form moist scabs, the surface of the skin will appear intact, although with heavy infestations self-grooming may damage the skin. Heavy infestations produce irritation and biting-stress, leading to restlessness and much self-grooming.


Infestations with the actively mobile M. Irritation and pruritus leads to restless self-grooming. This damage is known as spot and fleck. Mouthparts are supplemented with a pair of palps next to the chewing mandibles. It feeds only on the feathers and these lice can be seen in rows clasping a feather shaft [8].

This louse is an intermediate host of the tapeworm of dogs, Dipylidium caninum. Antennae have 4 or 5 segments, but they are less visible than in the ischnoceran lice because they occupy an antennal groove in the head.

Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, ) – Taxonomy

From Wikibooks, open books for an open world. These lice have no blood-sucking mouthparts.

Effective self-grooming seems to protect most cats from harmful levels of infestation. In other languages Add links. Parasitic Insects, Mites and Ticks: Views Read Edit View history. Heterodoxus spiniger has also been reported infesting domestic cats but where the cats were close to heavily infested dogs [6]. Heavy infestations in young birds may be highly damaging but this louse is rarely a severe pest to adult birds. They cause irritation, pruritus, restlessness, repetitive grooming, debility, and reduced productivity.

Heterodoxus spiniger infests domestic dogs and other canids, also marsupial mammals. This occurs despite the superficial feeding of these lice [1]. Goniocofes canis Dog chewing-louse infests domestic dogs on their head, neck and tail. Menacanthus stramineus Chicken body-louse infests chickens, other poultry species, aviary and game birds. Retrieved from ” https: Goniocotes gallinae Fluff-louse commonly infests poultry, amongst the down feathers over most of the body.

Bovicola bovis feeding activity can cause damage to the appearance of processed hides. On the ventral surface of the head a pair of backward directed spines is usually visible. Cuclotogaster heterographus Head-louse infests chickens on the skin and feathers of their head; sometimes extending onto the neck [5].


Amblyceran lice mostly parasitize birds, but also are found on marsupial mammals, and mammals in the Americas.

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Genera of Medical and Veterinary Gallibae. Such infestations lead to the hair-coat having a lousy appearance: Infestations are particularly dense on the breast, thighs, and around the vent. However, sick, very old cats, or long-hair breeds may suffer from their infestations with this louse [2]. These mandibles also are used to grip onto hairs or feathers, and there is a groove in the ventral surface of the head to fit hairs or feather shafts.

Parasitic Insects, Mites and Ticks: Genera of Medical and Veterinary Importance/Chewing lice

This division is clearest on the dorsal surface. Lipeurus caponis Wing-louse infests the underside of wings and tail of chickens. They feed by chewing, using ventral mandibles like teeth. Menopon gallinae Shaft-louse infests chickens, turkeys and ducks gallniae their breast and thigh feathers.

Gonoides dissimilis Brown chicken-louse and G. Felicola subrostrata is the only species of louse likely to be found on domestic cats. Bovicola ovis Red or chewing-louse of sheep infests sheep on their back and upper regions of their body; B.