Zoolog Sci. Apr;24(4) Population expansion of the poultry fluff louse, Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, ) (Ischnocera, Phthiraptera). Saxena. Brief summary. No one has contributed a brief summary to this page yet. Explore what EOL knows about Goniocotes gallinae. Add a brief summary to this page. Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, ). Ricinus gallinaeDe Geer, 79, pl. 4, fig. Distrito Federal: Gallus gallus, no date (Ancona b). Estado de.

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The Trichodectidae infest mammals: It feeds only on the feathers and these lice can be seen in rows clasping a feather shaft [8]. Genera of Medical and Veterinary Importance. Bovicola bovis Red or chewing-louse of cattle infests cattle on their neck, shoulders, back and rump. Irritation, pruritus, and restlessness cause loss of production. However, sick, very old gxllinae, or long-hair breeds may suffer from their infestations with this louse [2]. From Wikibooks, open gonioctes for an open world.

Claws on the legs are variable, one or a pair depending on the genus. Cuclotogaster heterographus Head-louse infests chickens on the skin and feathers of their head; sometimes extending onto the neck [5].

Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, ) – Taxonomy

Goniocotew infestations produce irritation and biting-stress, leading to restlessness and much self-grooming. This species may need to be distinguished from Trichodectes canis on dogs in countries where both species of chewing lice occur.


Trichodectes canis Dog chewing-louse infests domestic dogs glniocotes their head, neck and tail. These lice feed on feathers and underlying skin over most parts of their host’s main body. This division is clearest on the dorsal surface. The Philopteridae gallina birds: Bovicola ovis Red or chewing-louse of sheep infests sheep on their back and upper regions of their body; B. Menacanthus stramineus Chicken body-louse infests chickens, other poultry species, aviary and game birds.

Amblyceran lice mostly parasitize birds, but also are found on marsupial mammals, and mammals in the Americas. Biting-stress leads to loss of production from heavy infestations. They cause irritation, pruritus, restlessness, repetitive grooming, debility, and reduced productivity. On the ventral surface of the head a pair of backward directed spines is usually visible. Goniocotes gallinae Fluff-louse commonly infests poultry, amongst the down feathers over most of the body.

The lice may penetrate the blood vessels at base of feathers, leading to anemia.

This louse is an intermediate host for the tapeworm of dogs, Dipylidium caninum. Retrieved from ” https: Goniocofes self-grooming seems to protect most cats from harmful levels of infestation. Palps are absent at the mouthparts.

The ischnoceran lice that infest domestic animals are in two families. This occurs despite the superficial feeding of these lice [1].

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It has spread to tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Americas, and to Africa. Irritation and pruritus leads to restless self-grooming. It also infests wild canids.

Mouthparts are supplemented with a pair of palps next to the chewing mandibles. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat They feed by chewing, using ventral mandibles like teeth. Heterodoxus spiniger has also been reported infesting domestic cats but where the cats were close to heavily infested dogs [6]. Pathological effects are gallinaae likely if the host is already in poor condition from other parasites or malnutrition.


Bovicola bovis feeding activity can cause damage goniocotws the appearance of processed hides. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Goniocotes gallinae the fluff louse

Menopon gallinae Shaft-louse infests chickens, turkeys and ducks on their breast and thigh feathers. Heterodoxus spiniger infests domestic dogs and other canids, also marsupial mammals. In other languages Add links. Antennae goniocotew 4 or 5 segments, but they are less visible than in the ischnoceran lice because they occupy an antennal groove in the head.

Poultry fluff louse, Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, 1778)

Infestations with the actively mobile Galinae. This species is the most damaging of the bird lice [7]. This combination of pathological effects often greatly reduces productivity of a flock. These mandibles also are used to grip onto hairs or feathers, and there is a groove in the ventral surface of the head to fit hairs or feather shafts.