66. Taxonomic and genital studies of Colpocephalum tausi (Ansari, 1951) (Phthiraptera: Insecta) of Common pea fowl Pavo cristatus Linnaeus 1758 from Hyderabad Sindh, Pakistan

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Farheen Shaikh, Saima Naz, Nadir Ali Birmani


The parasitic insect Colpocephalum tausi (Ansari, 1951) is dark yellow pigmented louse of poultry birds (Phthiraptera: Insecta: Amblycera: Menoponidae). It is versy rare species of galliformbirds. The size of chewing lice is small. It is highly active parasitic insect and very common to host bird Common Pea fowl Pavo cristatus Linnaeus 1758. It was recoveredas new host and new area record from Hyderabad Sindh, Pakistan. The parasitic insects were collected and examined from Common pea fowl Pavo cristatus Linnaeus1758 (Galliformes: Phasianidae) from urban and rural area of Hyderabad Sindh, Pakistan.The aim of the study is the collection and investigation of more number of species from the study area. Chewing lice of galliform birds have not been studied taxonomically and genetically before from Hyderabd Sindh Pakistan, except few species were reported from faislabad, Punjab before Indo-Pak partition. Chewing lice have biting mouthparts and are oblogatory parasites. Their increased number brings great pathological problems and lessionsto host birds. Taxonomy and genital structures of both species were described in detailed.

Keywords: Colposephalum tausi; Common pea fowl; Description; Genital studies; Menoponidae; Phthiraptera; Sindh


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