Lousy big guys: Lepidophthirus macrorhini infesting seals from Antarctica

  • María Soledad Leonardi
  • Florencia Soto
  • Javier Negrete
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Abstract

The present work represents a contribution to the ecology of a little known host parasite association, i.e. sucking lice and Antarctic seals. The information available regarding the health status of Antarctic seals is limited and little is known about the ecology and effect of parasites on these hosts. Particularly, data regarding Antarctic louse infestation are scarce. Therefore, the main goal of this study is to report the results of a survey of the louse infestation of Lepidophthirus macrorhini (Anoplura, Echinophthiriidae) on 26 elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) and on a Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddelli) from eastern Antarctic Peninsula.

Keywords

Lice Echinophthiriidae 25 de Mayo/King George Island Elephant seal Weddell seal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Biología de Organismos Marinos (IBIOMAR), CONICETPuerto MadrynArgentina
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y MuseoUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  3. 3.Departamento de Biología de Predadores TopeInstituto Antártico ArgentinoBuenos AiresArgentina

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