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A New Species of Sucking Louse (Phthiraptera: Anoplura: Polyplacidae) From the Gray Mouse Lemur, Microcebus murinus (Primates: Cheirogaleidae), in Madagascar

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2018
Authors:Durden, LA, Kessler, SE, Radespiel, U, Zimmermann, E, Hasiniaina, AF, Zohdy, S
Journal:Journal of Medical Entomology
Volume:55
Issue:4
Pagination:910 - 914
Date Published:Jul-21-2018
ISSN:0022-2585
Keywords:Madagascar, mouse lemur, new species
Abstract:

Lemurpediculus madagascariensis sp. nov. (Phthiraptera: Anoplura: Polyplacidae) is described from the Gray Mouse lemur, Microcebus murinus (J. F. Miller) (Primates: Cheirogaleidae), from Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar. Lemurs were trapped using Sherman Live Traps and visually inspected for lice, which were preserved in 90% ethanol. Adults of both sexes and the third-instar nymph of the new species are illustrated and distinguished from the four previously known species of Lemurpediculus: L. verruculosus (Ward); L. petterorum Paulian; L. claytoni Durden, Blanco, and Seabolt; and L. robbinsi Durden, Blanco, and Seabolt. It is not known if the new species of louse is a vector of any pathogens or parasites.

URL:https://academic.oup.com/jme/article/55/4/910/4966146
DOI:10.1093/jme/tjy046
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