Lousy big guys: Lepidophthirus macrorhini infesting seals from Antarctica

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2017
Authors:Leonardi, MSoledad, Soto, F, Negrete, J
Journal:Polar Biology
Pagination:1 - 5
Date Published:Jun-10-2017
Keywords:25 de Mayo/King George Island, Elephant seal, lice, Weddell seal

The present work represents a contribution to the ecology of a little known host parasite association, i.e. sucking lice and Antarctic seals. The information available regarding the health status of Antarctic seals is limited and little is known about the ecology and effect of parasites on these hosts. Particularly, data regarding Antarctic louse infestation are scarce. Therefore, the main goal of this study is to report the results of a survey of the louse infestation of Lepidophthirus macrorhini (Anoplura, Echinophthiriidae) on 26 elephant seals (Mirounga leon- ina) and on a Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddelli) from eastern Antarctic Peninsula.

Short Title:Polar Biol
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