Distribution patterns of ectoparasites of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) chicks

Touati, L., Figuerola, J., Alfarhan, A. H., & Samraoui, B. (2015). Distribution patterns of ectoparasites of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) chicks. Zoology and Ecology 25(1): 46–53. doi:10.1080/21658005.2015.1005447
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Abstract:

The aim of this study was to identify the ectoparasite community that may be found on the body of Glossy Ibis chicks Plegadis falcinellus in two Algerian wetlands, Chatt and Lake Fetzara, during the breeding season of 2010. Birds were parasitized by the following chewing lice (Phthiraptera: Amblycera, Ischnocera) species at both study sites: Plegadiphilus plegadis and Colpocephalum leptopygos (both Menoponidae), Ardeicola rhaphidius and Ibidoecus bisignatus (both Philopteridae). In addition, one tick (larva) Ixodes ricinus was also found at Lake Fetzara. All these ectoparasites were recorded in Algeria for the first time. Results showed that chewing lice varied in their spatial distribution at the infracommunity level with some species displaying no microhabitat preferences, whereas others confined themselves to specific body parts of their hosts. The recorded frequency pattern of chewing lice followed the negative binomial distribution.

Location map showing study sites (a), with an adult of Glossy Ibis (b), and the Glossy Ibis nest containing chicks and eggs (c)

Location map showing study sites (a), with an adult of Glossy Ibis (b), and the Glossy Ibis nest containing chicks and eggs (c).

Diversity and distribution of avian lice on Greater Flamingo chicks in Algeria

Touati, L., & Samraoui, B. (2013). Diversity and distribution of avian lice on Greater Flamingo chicks (Phoenicopterus roseus) in AlgeriaAvian Biology Research 6(4): 261–268.   doi:10.3184/175815513X13802162326884
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Abstract:

The ecological diversity and distribution of ectoparasites on Greater Flamingo chicks (Phoenicopterus roseus) were investigated in Algeria at two distinct sites: Ezzemoul (Hauts Plateaux) and Safioune (Sahara) at the end of the breeding seasons of 2009 and 2011. Results from the first records for the Greater Flamingo in North Africa, indicate that they were infested by the following louse species: Colpocephalum hetcrosoma Piaget and Triniton fernoratum Piaget (Menoponidae); Anatiztola phoenicopteri (Coinde) and Anatoecus pygaspis Nitzsch (Philopteridae). These data support the hypothesis of a connectivity of the Greater Flamingo metapopulation across the Mediterranean region. The results also suggest that there was a spatial segregation in the distribution of the various louse species across distinct body parts of their hosts. Adaptive explanations for this niche partitioning are suggested.

Views of the Greater Flamingo colony at Ezzemoul, Hauts Plateaux, northeast Algeria

Views of the Greater Flamingo colony at Ezzemoul, Hauts Plateaux, northeast Algeria (Boudjéma Samraoui)

Views of the Greater Flamingo colony at Safioune, north-eastern Algerian Sahara

Views of the Greater Flamingo colony at Safioune, northeastern Algerian Sahara (Boudjéma Samraoui)