Polar Biology

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Ectoparasites of northern fulmars Fulmarus glacialis (Procellariiformes: Procellariidae) from the Canadian Arctic

  • Mark L. Mallory
  • Mark R. Forbes
  • Terry D. Galloway
Original Paper


We studied the prevalence and intensity of infestation of ectoparasites on northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis L.) from a breeding colony in Arctic Canada in June–August 2003. No fleas or ticks were found on any fulmars, but three species of chewing lice (Phthiraptera) were recorded: Ischnocera: Perineus nigrolimbatus (Giebel 1874), Ischnocera: Saemundssonia occidentalis (Kellogg 1896), and Amblycera: Ancistrona vagelli (Fabricius 1787). Non-breeding birds had a higher prevalence of lice than breeding birds, and prevalence varied markedly among louse species. Our study is an important baseline for the occurrence of ectoparasites on northern fulmars in the high Arctic, a region undergoing extensive environmental change due to global warming, and an area where parasites are expected to extend ranges or increase in prevalence under changing annual temperature regimes.


Fisher Exact Test Seabird Coloni Feather Mite Chewing Louse Northern Fulmar 
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We thank the Avian Energetics Laboratory of Bird Studies Canada for conducting the fulmar dissections, and numerous field assistants of the Cape Vera Project for their help with collections. Nic McLellan conducted the blood work. J. van Franeker and an anonymous referee provided helpful reviews of the manuscript. This project would not have been possible without the financial support of Environment Canada (CWS, MCRP and NEI), Natural Resources Canada (PCSP), Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWRT), Carleton University, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (ECDI) and NSERC (TDG). Collections were made under permits NUN-SCI-03-02, 2003PNR017, and WL000190.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark L. Mallory
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark R. Forbes
    • 2
  • Terry D. Galloway
    • 3
  1. 1.Canadian Wildlife ServiceIqaluitCanada
  2. 2.College of Natural SciencesCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Department of EntomologyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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