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

Ramli, Rosli and Cusack, Maggie and Curry, Gordon B. and Furness, Robert W. (2000) Morphological variation of chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from different skua taxa. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 71 (1). pp. 91-101. ISSN 0024-4066

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1006/bijl.1999.0424

Abstract

he 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. (C) 2000 The Linnean Society of London.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coevolution; Ecophenotypic variation; Host specific; Morphological variation taxonomic indicator; Morphometric analysis; Parasite host interactions; Skuas
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 03:58
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 03:58
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/26022

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