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Piercing Mouth-Parts in the Biting Lice (Mallophaga)

Piercing Mouth-Parts in the Biting Lice (Mallophaga) THE Mallophaga, ectoparasites of birds and mammals, are distinguished within the order Phthiraptera (containing also the Anoplura and Hæmatomyzus) chiefly by their relatively unspecialized mouth-parts, especially in having heavily sclerotized chewing mandibles. It has recently been found that in the genus Trochilæcetes, parasitic on the Trochili (hummingbirds), the species have a piercing type of mouth-parts (Fig. 1) instead of the mandibulate mouth-parts typical of the Mallophaga. Although four species of this genus have been described in the last fifty years, no previous reference to their mouth-parts is known. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nature Springer Journals

Piercing Mouth-Parts in the Biting Lice (Mallophaga)

Nature , Volume 164 (4171) – Oct 8, 1949

Piercing Mouth-Parts in the Biting Lice (Mallophaga)

Abstract

THE Mallophaga, ectoparasites of birds and mammals, are distinguished within the order Phthiraptera (containing also the Anoplura and Hæmatomyzus) chiefly by their relatively unspecialized mouth-parts, especially in having heavily sclerotized chewing mandibles. It has recently been found that in the genus Trochilæcetes, parasitic on the Trochili (hummingbirds), the species have a piercing type of mouth-parts (Fig. 1) instead of the mandibulate mouth-parts typical of the...
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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 1949 by Nature Publishing Group
Subject
Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary; Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary; Science, multidisciplinary
ISSN
0028-0836
eISSN
1476-4687
DOI
10.1038/164617a0
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Abstract

THE Mallophaga, ectoparasites of birds and mammals, are distinguished within the order Phthiraptera (containing also the Anoplura and Hæmatomyzus) chiefly by their relatively unspecialized mouth-parts, especially in having heavily sclerotized chewing mandibles. It has recently been found that in the genus Trochilæcetes, parasitic on the Trochili (hummingbirds), the species have a piercing type of mouth-parts (Fig. 1) instead of the mandibulate mouth-parts typical of the Mallophaga. Although four species of this genus have been described in the last fifty years, no previous reference to their mouth-parts is known.

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NatureSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 8, 1949

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