Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

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Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 7(9): 806-809
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Suhad Yasin Jassim, Afkar Muslim Hadi*

Iraq Natural History Research Center and Museum, University of Baghdad, Baghdad Iraq.

Abstract | There are many species of chewing lice (Mallophaga) that regularly parasitize on birds causing many symptoms such as: general weakness, developmental atrophy of somepartsof body, itching, and discomfort as well as blood problems related to blood. Among the most important of these species: Columbicola columbae, Menopon gallinae, Goniocotes gallinae, Cuclutogaster heterographus and Menacanthus stramineus. In this study, authors were able to review most of the local and international studies related to the diagnosis (classification) of lice, especially those infested birds from some species of Columbidae family, The current study findings only two species of lice Columbi colacolumbae (Linnaeus 1758) and Menacanthus sp. (Neumann, 1912) from some species of Columbidae family in Baghdad city, Iraq. The aim of this study was to create a database and put an important reference for all researchers and authors whoplan to study this field more comprehensively in the future.

Keywords | Lice, Mallophaga, Phthiraptera, Columbidae, Menacanthus.