Usually the antennae of suborder Amblycera composes 4-5 segments. The maxillary palps may, however, be present and these may be visible in mounted specimens but may be confused with the antennae. Palps of amblycerans ranges in segments from two to five.
The body louse is the most common type of louse found on mature chickens. Illustration by Bethany Caskey Chickens can become infested with several different types of lice. Knowing the appearance, location, and natural hosts of each type will allow you to quickly treat your flock and take preventative action.
The Ischnocera is a large suborder of lice mostly parasitic on birds but including a large family (the Trichodectidae) parasitic on mammals. The genus Trichophilopterus is also found on mammals but probably belongs to the "avian Ischnocera" and represents a host switch from birds to mammals. It is a chewing louse, which feeds on the feathers and skin debris of birds. Many of the avian ...
Lice can be difficult to notice until a full infestation has developed. The type of infestation is diagnosed by a veterinarian by examining a sample of fur or scraping of the skin for nits and adult lice under the microscope. Chewing lice are identified by their large mouthparts used for chewing and grasping fur.
Etiology: Polyplax serrata is the mouse louse. Incidence: Incidence of infection is rare. Transmission: Transmission occurs by direct contact and mutual grooming. Distribution: First stage nymphs have a whole-body distribution. Later stages are found primarily on the forebody. Lice are generally host-specific.