International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Veterinary and Animal Science | India | Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023

Chaetotaxy of Three Nymphal Instars of Menopon Gallinae

Vijay Kumar [49]

Abstract: Phthiraptera are holometabolous and their nymphal instars resemble to each other to a greater extent, in other words the instars of phthirapteran species look alike and are difficult to differentiate. This article presents a comprehensive study of the morphological features of the three nymphal instars of Menopon gallinae, an avian louse. Avian lice, scientifically known as Phthiraptera, are tiny wingless insects that are permanent ectoparasites infesting warm - blooded vertebrates, such as birds and mammals. The study delves into the intricate details of the head, thorax, and abdomen morphology of these nymphal instars, highlighting their differences in size, sclerotization of mouth parts, and the number of setae on various body parts. The research employs light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to provide a detailed visual analysis. This study contributes valuable insights into the taxonomy and phylogeny of avian lice, shedding light on the developmental changes that occur during their life cycle and aiding in their identification and classification.

Keywords: Chaetotaxy, Phthiraptera, Nymphal Instars, Systematics, Amblycera

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023,

Pages: 1502 - 1506

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