Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 1226–1229 | Cite as

Ectoparasite (louse, mite and tick) infestations on female turkeys (Galliformes, Phasianidae. Meleagris gallopavo) in Iran

  • Maryam Rassouli
  • Mohammad Mahdi Darvishi
  • Seyed Rasoul Rosstami Lima
Original Article


Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) were evaluated as potential hosts of ectoparasites. Different lice, ticks and mites can infest turkeys and cause direct and/or indirect harms and in some cases can also be fatal. Samples (feathers) were collected from lateral parts of 15 and 7 female turkeys’ body of two different turkey flocks, in Rasht, Gilan province and Piranshahr, Western Azerbaijan province, Iran, respectively. Feathers were inspected for ectoparasites, the collected ectoparasites were decolorized and mounted then identified by identification keys in parasitology laboratory. In this research, four new lice, one mite and one tick on 13 infested turkeys were identified and discussed.


Turkey Meleagris gallopavo Ectoparasite Lice Iran 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maryam Rassouli
    • 1
  • Mohammad Mahdi Darvishi
    • 1
    • 3
  • Seyed Rasoul Rosstami Lima
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pathobiology, Shahmirzad School of Veterinary MedicineSemnan UniversitySemnanIran
  2. 2.Veterinary FacultySemnan UniversitySemnanIran
  3. 3.Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary MedicineShiraz UniversityShirazIran

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