oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - New African Mallophaga

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The Mallophaga are a group of exceptional interest because they are entirely parasitic on mammals and birds and (with rare exceptions) their evolution has lagged behind that of their hosts. For this reason their systematics will, when properly understood, throw most interesting light on the relationships and origins of the hosts. Unfortunately the systematics of the group are at present chaotic, and only a small proportion of the African genera and species have been descriptionbed.

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