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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Parasitic Insects, Mites and Ticks: They cause irritation, pruritus, restlessness, repetitive grooming, debility, and reduced productivity.

On the ventral surface of the head a pair of backward directed spines is usually visible.

Goniocotes gallinae the fluff louse

Pathological effects are only likely if the host is already in poor condition from other parasites or malnutrition. Mouthparts are galilnae with a pair of palps next to the chewing mandibles.

This species is the most damaging of the bird lice [7]. Effective self-grooming seems to protect most cats from harmful levels of infestation.

Lice in this group are gonioccotes in feeding habits to the ischnoceran lice because they feed with chewing mouthparts. Infestations with the actively mobile M.


ADW: Goniocotes gallinae: CLASSIFICATION

These lice feed on feathers and underlying skin over most parts of their host’s main body. Goniocotes gallinae Fluff-louse commonly goniocotew poultry, amongst the down feathers over most of the body.

Policies and guidelines Contact us. They feed by chewing, using ventral mandibles like teeth. Irritation, pruritus, and restlessness cause loss of production.

Young gonioocotes are particularly harmed by these lice; infestations can build up rapidly, leaving the birds weak and even killing them.

This division is clearest on the dorsal surface. The claws of the legs do not articulate onto a distinct tibial claw as often seen in the sucking lice.

It feeds only on the feathers and these lice can be seen in rows clasping a feather shaft [8].

Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, 1778)

Infestations are usually slight, but heavy infestations damage the plumage and cause restlessness leading to reduced productivity of poultry [4].

This species may need to be distinguished from Trichodectes canis on dogs in countries where both species of chewing lice occur.

However, sick, very old cats, or long-hair breeds may suffer from their infestations with this louse [2]. Infestations are particularly dense on the breast, thighs, and around the vent.


This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat Heavy infestations in young birds may be highly damaging but this louse is rarely a severe pest to adult birds. Palps are absent at the mouthparts.

Views Read Edit View history. Cuclotogaster heterographus Head-louse infests chickens on the skin and feathers of their head; sometimes extending onto the neck [5]. Trichodectes canis Dog chewing-louse infests domestic dogs on their head, neck and tail.

Menopon gallinae Shaft-louse infests chickens, turkeys and ducks on their breast and thigh feathers. 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.

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The thorax appears in two parts: Biting-stress leads to loss of production from heavy infestations. The Philopteridae infest birds: This combination of pathological effects often greatly reduces productivity of a flock.

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