Research Article | Veterinary Microbiology

Ootaxonomy and Egg Shell Morphology of Phthirapteran Species Infesting Coturnix coturnix (Linnaeus, 1758) (Phthiraptera: Amblycera: Ischnocera)

Aftab Ahmad and Neelima Gupta

Northern Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Dehradun, Uttarakhand Doctor Harisingh Gour Sagar University, Sagar, M. P. India

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal July 2021 : 98 (7) - pages 14 to 18
(Received: , Accepted: )


The morphological features of eggs of three Phthirapteran species (Menacanthus abdominalis Piaget, 1880, Cuclotogaster cinereus Nitzsch, 1866 and Goniodes astrocephalus Burn, 1838 of common quail, Coturnix coturnix, Linnaeus, 1758 were studied through scanning electron microscope (SEM). Differences in shape, size, sculpturing of eggs of each species exhibits difference in microphotography.

Key Words: Coturnix coturnix, Egg structure, Ischnocera, Lice, Phthiraptera

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