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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Palps are absent at the mouthparts. Heavy infestations in young birds may be highly damaging but this louse is rarely a severe pest to adult birds. In other languages Add links. The lice may penetrate the blood vessels at base of feathers, leading to anemia.

Amblyceran lice mostly parasitize birds, but also are found on marsupial mammals, and mammals in the Americas. The three segments of the thorax are fused together, and the boundaries between them are indistinct. Felicola subrostrata is gonkocotes only species of louse likely to be found on domestic cats. It has spread to tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Americas, and to Africa. Infestations are particularly dense on the breast, thighs, and around the vent.


The Philopteridae infest birds: This damage is known as spot and fleck. It also infests wild canids.

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

Lipeurus caponis Wing-louse infests the underside of wings and tail of chickens. Retrieved from ” https: This species may need to be distinguished from Trichodectes canis on dogs in countries where both species of chewing lice occur. Irritation, pruritus, and restlessness cause loss of production.

Gonoides dissimilis Brown chicken-louse and G. Heterodoxus spiniger is considered to have evolved in Australia.

Irritation and pruritus leads to restless self-grooming. The Trichodectidae infest mammals: Bovicola bovis Red or chewing-louse of cattle infests cattle on their voniocotes, shoulders, back and rump. Views Read Edit View history. Claws on the legs are variable, one or a pair depending on the genus. However, sick, very old cats, or long-hair breeds may suffer from their infestations with this louse [2].

This combination of pathological gallniae often greatly reduces productivity of a flock. Infestations are usually slight, but heavy infestations damage the plumage and cause restlessness leading to reduced productivity of poultry [4]. The claws of the legs do not articulate onto a distinct tibial claw as often seen in the sucking lice. They feed by chewing, using ventral mandibles like teeth. Such infestations lead to the hair-coat having a lousy appearance: This louse is an intermediate host of the tapeworm of dogs, Dipylidium caninum.


Heterodoxus spiniger infests domestic dogs and gonicotes canids, also marsupial mammals.

ADW: Goniocotes gallinae: CLASSIFICATION

Young birds are particularly harmed by these lice; infestations can build up rapidly, leaving the birds weak and even killing them. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat This division is clearest on the dorsal surface.

This occurs despite the superficial feeding of these lice [1]. Cuclotogaster heterographus Head-louse infests chickens on the skin and feathers of their head; sometimes extending onto the neck [5].

Goniocotes gallinae (De Geer, 1778)

These lice feed on feathers and underlying skin over most parts of their host’s main body. Bovicola bovis feeding activity can cause damage to the appearance of processed hides. 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 feeds only on the feathers and these lice can be seen in rows toniocotes a feather shaft [8].