Morphological variation of chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from different skua taxa

Ramli, R., Cusack, M. , Curry, G.B. and Furness, R.W. (2000) Morphological variation of chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from different skua taxa. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 71(1), pp. 91-101. (doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2000.tb01244.x)

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Abstract

The lice, Haffneria grandis and Saemundssonia were extracted from their hosts, skuas (Aves: Stercorariidae). Lice were extracted from dead birds by combing feathers, while lice from live birds were extracted using a delousing chamber containing chloroform vapour. Lice were measured and the data analysed by canonical discriminant analysis. Lice show variation in morphology that is useful in identifying some of these hosts. This variation is presumably due to micro-environmental pressure provided by each host. Our interpretation is that these chewing lice have evolved to be adapted to each skua taxon; different sizes and morphologies of skua taxa result in different sizes and morphologies of Haffneria grandis and Saemundssonia.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cusack, Professor Maggie and Curry, Professor Gordon and Furness, Professor Robert
Authors: Ramli, R., Cusack, M., Curry, G.B., and Furness, R.W.
Subjects:Q Science > QE Geology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0024-4066
ISSN (Online):1095-8312
Published Online:14 January 2008

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