First report of Anatoecus dentatus in domestic duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus , Linnaeus, 1978) from Southern India

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2016
Authors:N. Jeyathilakan, Basheer_Ahamad, D., Selvaraj, J.
Journal:Parasite Epidemiology and Control
Pagination:131 - 135
Date Published:06-2016
Type of Article:Open Access
Keywords:Anas platyrhynchos domesticus, Domestic duck, Southern India

Parasitic infection is one of the prime causes for morbidity and mortality of ducks in India. Ducks have the habit of wading through the water resources especially paddy fields and feeding on snail which favours occurrence of various parasites. Among the parasites, lice infestation affects growth and productivity of ducks by way of irritation. Lice are well adapted as external parasites and usually are more a nuisance than a threat to their hosts. A nomadic farmer from Mannargudi area of Cauvery delta region of Tamil Nadu, India who had a flock of 1600 ducks reported continuous death of 700 ducks within a period of one month and brought a dead duck to Dept. of Veterinary Pathology for postmortem examination. Examination of entire body of duck prior to necropsy revealed the presence of live lice in the hairs around the junction of beak and head. About 7 lice specimens were collected and brought to Dept. of Veterinary Parasitology for identification. The lice specimens were processed and identified as Anatoecus dentatus based on the presence of ‘tin opener’ shaped effracter in the male genitalia. This is the first report of occurrence of these lice in ducks from Southern India.

Short Title:Parasite Epidemiology and Control
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