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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This species may need to be distinguished from Trichodectes canis on dogs in countries where both species of chewing lice occur.

Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, ) – Taxonomy

Effective self-grooming seems to protect goniovotes cats from harmful levels of infestation. It feeds only vallinae the feathers and these lice can be seen in rows clasping a feather shaft [8]. Note that in comparison to an infestation of sheep with psoroptic scab mites Bovicola lice do not directly cause the skin to form moist scabs, the surface of the skin will appear intact, although with heavy infestations self-grooming may damage the skin. Irritation and pruritus leads to restless self-grooming.

Heavy infestations in young birds may be highly damaging but this louse is rarely a severe pest to adult birds.


Genera of Medical and Veterinary Importance. This combination of pathological effects often greatly reduces productivity of a flock.

Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, 1778)

However, sick, very old cats, or long-hair breeds may suffer from their infestations with this louse [2]. Antennae have 4 or 5 segments, but they are less visible than in the ischnoceran lice because they occupy an antennal groove in the head.

It has spread to tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Americas, and to Africa. Gonlocotes Philopteridae infest birds: This louse is an intermediate host for the tapeworm of dogs, Dipylidium caninum.

Trichodectes canis Dog chewing-louse infests domestic dogs on their head, neck and tail. This species may need to be distinguished from Heterodoxus spiniger on dogs in countries where both species of chewing lice occur. Views Read Edit View history.

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Palps are absent at the mouthparts. Gonoides dissimilis Brown chicken-louse and G. Infestations are particularly dense on the breast, thighs, and around the vent.

Retrieved from ” https: Felicola subrostrata is the only species of louse likely to be found on domestic cats.

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

This damage is known as spot and fleck. The dog becomes infected when it ingests infected lice that it has groomed off [3]. The claws of the legs do not articulate onto a distinct gonicotes claw as often seen in the sucking lice. Irritation, pruritus, and restlessness cause loss of production.


Bovicola ovis Red or chewing-louse of sheep infests sheep on their back and upper regions of their body; B.

Pathological effects are only likely if the host is already in poor condition from other parasites or malnutrition. Policies and guidelines Contact us. The Trichodectidae infest mammals: Such infestations lead to the hair-coat gallihae a lousy appearance: This species is the most damaging of the bird lice [7].

Cuclotogaster heterographus Head-louse infests chickens on the skin and feathers of their head; sometimes extending onto the neck [5].

Heterodoxus spiniger infests domestic dogs and other canids, also marsupial mammals. Amblyceran lice mostly parasitize birds, but also are found on marsupial mammals, and mammals in the Americas. Menopon gallinae Shaft-louse infests chickens, turkeys and ducks on their breast and thigh feathers.

The thorax appears in two parts: