Identification key for chewing lice (Phthiraptera: Amblycera, Ischnocera) infesting the Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) with one new country record and new host record for Saudi Arabia

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2015
Authors:M. Gamal El- D. Nasser, Alahmed, A., Shobrak, M., Aldryhim, Y. N.
Journal:Turkish Journal of Zoology
Date Published:January 2015
Type of Article:Research Article
Keywords:Indian Peafowl, Photo-editting, Saudi Arabia

The amblyceran and ischnoceran lice removed from the Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus L.) collected at the Riyadh bird market, and other specimens available in the King Saud University Museum of Arthropods, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, were identified. Amyrsidea minuta Emerson, a new country record, and Goniodes dissimilis Denny were found infesting the Indian Peafowl in Saudi Arabia. Goniodes dissimilis is recorded for the first time from this bird species, along with Menacanthus stramineus (Nitzsch), the wellknown chicken body louse. All previous records of the 12 species of chewing louse reported from the Indian Peafowl are reviewed.
An identification key for the 13 species is given with taxonomic notes. Additionally, a new photo-editing technique for chewing louse images is noted.

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