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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Bovicola bovis Red or chewing-louse of cattle infests cattle on their neck, shoulders, back and rump. The lice may penetrate the blood vessels at base of feathers, leading to anemia. Heterodoxus spiniger has also been reported infesting domestic cats but where the cats were close to heavily infested dogs [6]. Heterodoxus spiniger is considered to have evolved in Australia.

It also infests wild canids.

This occurs despite the superficial feeding of these lice [1]. The claws of the legs do not articulate onto a distinct gomiocotes claw as often seen in the sucking lice. 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.

Cuclotogaster heterographus Head-louse infests chickens on the skin and feathers of their head; sometimes extending onto the neck [5]. They cause irritation, pruritus, restlessness, repetitive grooming, debility, and reduced productivity. Lipeurus caponis Wing-louse infests the underside of wings and tail of chickens. This louse is an intermediate host for the tapeworm of dogs, Dipylidium caninum.


These lice feed on feathers and underlying skin over most goniocotse of their host’s main body. The dog becomes infected when it ingests infected lice that it has groomed off [3].

However, sick, very old cats, or long-hair breeds may suffer from their infestations with this louse [2]. Heavy infestations produce irritation and biting-stress, leading to restlessness and much self-grooming. This damage is known as spot and fleck. These lice have no blood-sucking mouthparts.

Parasitic Insects, Mites and Ticks: Genera of Medical and Veterinary Importance/Chewing lice

The Trichodectidae infest mammals: Claws on the legs are variable, one or a pair depending on the genus. 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.

The thorax appears in two parts: Views Read Edit View history. Such infestations lead to the hair-coat having a lousy appearance: This species is the most damaging of the bird lice [7].

This combination of pathological effects often greatly reduces productivity of a flock. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Philopteridae infest birds: The three segments of the thorax are fused together, and the boundaries between them are indistinct.

On the ventral surface of the head a pair of backward directed spines is usually visible.

This louse is an intermediate host of the tapeworm of dogs, Dipylidium caninum. Infestations are particularly dense on the breast, thighs, and around the vent.


Effective self-grooming seems to protect most cats from harmful levels of infestation. Irritation, pruritus, and restlessness cause loss of production.

They feed by chewing, using ventral mandibles like teeth. In other languages Add links. 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, gllinae and game birds.

Goniocotes gallinae the fluff louse | (photo credit: ILRI/Ma… | Flickr

It feeds only on the feathers and these lice can be seen in rows clasping a feather shaft [8]. Felicola subrostrata is the only species of louse likely to be found on domestic cats. Biting-stress leads to loss of production from heavy infestations.

Policies and guidelines Contact us. Menopon gallinae Shaft-louse infests chickens, turkeys and ducks on their breast giniocotes thigh feathers.

This division is clearest on the dorsal surface. The ischnoceran lice that infest domestic animals are in two families.

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

Young birds are particularly harmed by these lice; infestations can build up rapidly, leaving the birds weak and even killing them. Infestations with the actively mobile M. 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 gpniocotes feather shafts.