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Lousiness in a Nandanam Variety of Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

N. Jeyathilakan, S.T. Bino Sundar and A. Sangaran

Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Madras Veterinary College, TANUVAS, Chennai-600 007, Tamil Nadu

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal May 2019 : 96 (5) - pages 77 to 79
(Received: December, 2018, Accepted: December, 2018)


The present study records severe lousiness in a Nandanam variety of male turkey maintained in an organized poultry farm. The lice were collected, processed and identi ed based on morphological characteristics. Coexistence of two species of lice viz., Oxylipeurus polytrapezius (the slender turkey louse) and Menacanthus stramineus (Body louse), and was observed along with nymphs, larvae and numerous nits.

Key Words: Turkey lice, Oxylipeurus polytrapezius, Menacanthus stramineus

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