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Chaetotaxy of three nymphal instars of Brueelia plocea (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera) infesting common Baya (Ploceus philippinus)

Gaurav Aryaa, Nayanci Bansala, A. K. Saxenaa* & Aftab Ahmadb,
*aDepartment of Zoology, Govt. Raza P. G. College, Rampur (U.P.)-244901, India
bDepartment of Animal Science, M. J. P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, U. P., India

Received 25th October, 2012; Revised:10th November, 2012

Abstract : Three nymphal instars of common Baya (Ploceus philippinus) louse, Brueelia plocea differ from each other not only size, abdominal segmentation, chitinization but also in the number of setae occurring on head, thorax and abdomen. Present report provides information on the diagnostic characters of three nymphal instars of the aforesaid louse.
Key words: Phthiraptera, Ischnocera, lice, Brueelia, chaetotaxy.


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