Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 404–406 | Cite as

The identity of Menacanthus eisenachensis Balát (Insecta, Phthiraptera, Amblycera, Menoponidae) from the Reed Warbler (Passeriformes, Sylviidae)

  • Oldřich Sychra
  • Jens-Kjeld Jensen
  • Michael de L. Brooke
  • Alfréd Trnka
  • Petr Procházka
  • Ivan Literák
Original Paper


Three hundred and thirty-one Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus (Hermann) were examined for chewing lice (Phthiraptera). Twenty-eight (8.5%) were parasitized with Menacanthus curuccae (Schrank, 1776). Mean intensity of infestation was 4.3 lice. Hence, the name Menacanthus eisenachensis Balát, 1981, currently applied to Menacanthus lice parasitizing Reed Warblers, is placed as a junior synonym of M. curuccae, with Reed Warbler as a new host for the latter species.


Chewing louse Phthiraptera Menacanthus Acrocephalus scirpaceus Slovakia Czech Republic England Faroe Islands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oldřich Sychra
    • 1
  • Jens-Kjeld Jensen
    • 2
  • Michael de L. Brooke
    • 3
  • Alfréd Trnka
    • 4
  • Petr Procházka
    • 5
  • Ivan Literák
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology and Wildlife Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and EcologyUniversity of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical SciencesBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.NólsoyFaroe Islands
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  4. 4.Department of BiologyUniversity of TrnavaTrnavaSlovakia
  5. 5.Institute of Vertebrate Biology ASCRBrnoCzech Republic

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