Variability of the metric characteristics of lice (Mallophaga) from pheasants (Phasianus colchicus L.)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1989
Authors:M. Modrzejewska
Journal:Wiadomosci parazytologiczne
Pagination:323 - 336
Date Published:1989
ISBN Number:0043-5163
Keywords:animals, Biometry, bird parasites, Comparative Study, English Abstract, Mallophaga, Poland, Sex Factors

The variability of metric characters of 7 examined species to the biting lice, typical for the pheasants, totalled 2-6% for imagines. In some species the coefficients of variability for the measurements of thorax and abdomen reached value of 10%. As a rule, the head dimensions as well as the total length of three species had the lowest (to 3%) variability. The nymphs were characterized by the higher coefficients of variability of all examined characters, though also the lowest (3-8%) values were noted for the head dimensions whereas the highest (to 19%) ones for abdomen width. Such high values are probably associated with extending of the abdomen which is slightly sclerotized in the nymphs.

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