New Records of some Phthiraptera (chewing lice) of birds from urban areas of Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2016
Authors:Naz, S, Rajpar, AAli, Chandio, AHameed
Journal:Punjab Univ. J. Zool.
ISSN:1016-1597 (print), 2313-8556 (online)
Keywords:Hyderabad, new records, Pakistan, Sindh

Chewing lice (Phthiraptera: Amblycera, Ischnocera) have been examined on common wild and captive birds of Hyderabad during 2013-2015, mainly from urban areas. Chewing lice of both suborders Amblycera and Ischnocera included family Menoponidae and Philopteridae respectively were reported from different localities of Hyderabad city. It was the first chewing lice survey that has been carried out in the region, which reported eight species of Menoponidae and eleven species of Philopteridae. These species were Campanulotes compar (Burmeister, 1838), Colpocephalum turbinatum (Denny, 1842), Columbicola columbae (Linnaeus, 1758), Hohorstiella lata (Piaget, 1880) on pigeons and doves; Brueelia subtilis (Nitzsch, 1874), Menacanthus eurysternus (Burmeister, 1838) and Sturnidocus refractariolus (Zlotorzycka, 1964) on house sparrow; Goniodes dissimilis (Denny, 1842), Lipeurus tropicalis (Peters, 1931), Menacanthus pallidulus (Neumann, 1912), M. stramineus (Nitzsch, 1818) and Menopon gallinae (Linnaeus, 1758) on domestic fowls; Brueelia saliemi (Ansari, 1957), Colpocephalum fregili (Denny, 1842) and Myrsidea splendenticola (Klockenhoff, 1973) on house crow; Anaticola crassicornis (Scopoli, 1763) from wild goose; Brueelia nebulosa (Burmeister, 1838) and M. eurysternus (Burmeister, 1838) from common myna and bank myna; Neopsittaconirmus lybartota (Ansari, 1947) from Indian Parakeet; Degeeriella regalis (Giebel, 1866) from black kite. All were new records from Hyderabad. Bank myna was recorded as new host for M. eurysternus and black kite was reported first time harbouring Degeeriella regalis from Pakistan.

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