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Linognathus weisseri n. sp. (Phthiraptera : Linognathidae) of impalas, Aepyceros melampus : description and biology

L.A. Durden, I.G. Horak
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 71, No 1 | a286 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v71i1.286 | © 2004 L.A. Durden, I.G. Horak | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 November 2004 | Published: 08 November 2004

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The adult male and female and first instar nymph of the sucking louse Linognathus weisseri n. sp. are described. This louse was collected from impalas, Aepyceros melampus, at three localities in Limpopo Province, and at three in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Although it usually accounted for only a small proportion of the total louse burden, its overall prevalence exceeded 27 %. Its prevalence on adult male impalas (9 %) was significantly lower (P = 0.004) than that on adult females (39 %), but did not differ among age classes. However, the intensity of L. weisseri infestation was higher on lambs than on yearlings and adults, and peaked on impalas in late winter to early summer. Five species of lice are now known to parasitize impalas and a key for distinguishing adults of these species is included.


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