publication . Article . 2004

Use of scanning electron microscopy to confirm the identity of lice infesting communally grazed goat herds

P.J. Sebei; C.M.E. McCrindle; E.D. Green; M.L. Turner;
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  • Published: 08 Nov 2004 Journal: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research (issn: 0030-2465, eissn: 2219-0635, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: AOSIS
Abstract
<jats:p>Lice have been described on goats in commercial farming systems in South Africa but not from flocks on communal grazing. During a longitudinal survey on the causes of goat kid mortality, conducted in Jericho district, North West Province, lice were collected from communally grazed indigenous goats. These lice were prepared for and viewed by scanning electron microscopy, and micromorphological taxonomic details are described. Three species of lice were found in the study area and identified as Bovicola caprae, Bovicola limbatus and Linognathus africanus. Sucking and biting lice were found in ten of the 12 herds of goats examined. Lice were found on both m...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: parasitic diseasesskin and connective tissue diseases
free text keywords: Veterinary medicine, SF600-1100, General Veterinary, General Medicine, Louse, biology.animal, biology, Herd, Linognathus africanus, Grazing, Flock, Outbreak, Bovicola caprae, Line drawings
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