Restricted Geographic Sampling Yields Low Parasitism Rates but Surprisingly Diverse Host Associations in Avian Lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from South Texas

Author(s): John P. Pistone, Jessica E. Light, Tyler A. Campbell, Therese A. Catanach, and Gary Voelker

Published: September 2021

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South Texas is a highly variable region encompassing multiple habitat types and harboring a wide diversity of organisms. However, the parasite fauna in this region is poorly known, especially for avian ectoparasites such as lice. To better understand avian louse diversity and host associations in South Texas, we examined a total of 507 birds for chewing lice.

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Pistone, J.P., Light, J.E., Campbell, T.A., Catanach, T.A., and Voelker, G. (2021) Restricted geographic sampling yields low parasitism rates but surprisingly diverse host associations in avian lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from South Texas. Diversity, 13, 430. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13090430

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