Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Research Article Volume 3 Issue 10

Analysis of the Crop Contents of Two Amblyceran Lice Infesting House Crow, Corvus splendens (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Amblycera)

Ghazi khan1, Shalini roy1, Surendra kumar2* and Nidhi Gupta2

1Department of Zoology, Hindu College, Moradabad (UP), India
2Department of Zoology, Government Raza P.G. College, Rampur (UP), India

*Corresponding Author: Surendra Kumar, Department of Zoology, Hindu College, Moradabad (UP), India.

Received: July 31, 2021; Published: September 09, 2021


  The present report furnishes information regarding the analysis of crop contents of two amblyceran louse (Menacanthus gonophaeus and Myrsidea bakttitar) infesting house crow (Corvus splendens). The haematophagous nature of both the species has been recorded. On the basis of crop contents M. gonophaeus appeared to be a haematophagous louse, as 89% of the specimens contained red content compatible with host blood in their crops along with feather barbules. The percentage of blood in the crops of adults (94%) was comparatively higher than three nymphal instars stages (83%). On the other hand, M. bakttitar was found to be a non-haema-tophagous species as no red content (compatible with host blood) was not detected in the crops. LM (Light Microscopy) studies of both the louse were also performed. The ventral side of the head of M. gonophaeus bears a well developed post-palpal spine, which may be used for the accomplishment of blood requirement.

Keywords: Amblycera; Crow Lice; Haematophagy; Menacanthus gonophaeus; Myrsidea bakttitar; Phthiraptera


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Citation: Surendra kumar., et al. “Analysis of the Crop Contents of Two Amblyceran Lice Infesting House Crow, Corvus splendens (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Amblycera)". Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 3.10 (2021): 03-07.


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