n African Entomology - The chewing lice (Phthiraptera) of red-billed quelea () in Senegal, with a description of a new species : research article

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



One hundred and six individuals of red-billed quelea () were examined for chewing lice (Phthiraptera: Amblycera, Ischnocera) in Senegal. Chewing lice were found on 91 (86 %) birds examined. Three species of chewing lice were identified; they had the following prevalences and mean intensities : n. sp. (81 %; 5.3 lice), (37 %; 1.7) and (9 %; 1.7). These are the first records of chewing lice from red-billed quelea from Senegal. A new species of is described and illustrated. This is the first ischnoceran louse described from this host.

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