Parasitology Research

, Volume 101, Issue 3, pp 505–509 | Cite as

New record of Afrimenopon waar (Eichler) (Phthiraptera: Menoponidae) from budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus (Psittaciformes: Psittacidae) from Karachi, Pakistan

  • Oldřich SychraEmail author
  • Saima Naz
  • S. Anser Rizvi
Original Paper


Chewing lice of the species Afrimenopon waar (Eichler) were collected from captive budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus (Shaw) in Pakistan. This is the first record of amblyceran lice from this host. It is also the first record of the genus Afrimenopon from Pakistani region. The primary host species of Afrimenopon waar is the rosy-faced lovebird Agapornis roseicollis (Vieillot). The finding of A. waar on budgerigars is, most likely, a result of a contamination in captivity. Morphological variation and origin of these lice are discussed.


Natural History Museum Male Genitalia Primary Host Captive Bird Chewing Louse 
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We are indebted to the following persons: P. A. Brown, The Natural History Museum, London for the loan of specimens of A. waar from type host, Dr. R. C. Dalgleish, Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Smithsonian, National Museum Natural History and San Diego Natural History Museum for his advices, and Miss G. Yasmeen, Department of Zoology, University of Karachi, for providing literature on captive birds in Pakistan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology and Wildlife DiseasesUniversity of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical SciencesBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of KarachiKarachiPakistan

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