First records of marsupial lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Boopiidae) on a brushtailed rock wallaby from New Zealand

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1996
Authors:R. L. Palma
Journal:New Zealand Journal of Zoology
Pagination:161 - 164
Date Published:1996
Keywords:associations, Boopiidae, ectoparasite, first, group, Heterodoxus, host, host switching, lice, marsupials, mtax, new, new zealand, PHP, Phthiraptera, wallabies

Two species of boopiid lice arerecorded from a wild brushtailed rock wallaby (Petrogale penicillata penicillata (Gray, 1825)) from Kawau Island, New Zealand. They are Heterodoxus ampullatus Keler, 1971 and Boopia notafusca Le Souef, 1902. These are the first identified records of marsupial lice from New Zealand, and P. penicillata penicillata is a new host record for B. notafusca. This new host record is discussed and evaluated.

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