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Sheep foot louse

Scientific Name
Linognathus pedalis
Scientific Author
(Osborn, 1896)
Taxonomy
(Phthiraptera: Linognathidae)
Status
Exotic Species Establishment in Australia
Reliability
High
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Australia: Victoria, Oct 2008, ex sheep. det. C. McPhee
Source
Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Video of infestation of eggs and adults

Found associated with hair rather than wool on the sheep. Linognathus pedalis is primarily found from just below the fetlock to the knee or hock of the leg but can also be found above the hock, on the scrotum and the belly. Heavy infestation can occur during the winter reaching a maximum in spring and then population numbers drop dramatically.

The closely related species L. ovillus is confined to the face and fleece which borders the face.

Source:

Murray, M.D. (1963). The ecology of lice on sheep. Australian Journal of Zoology 11: 153-6.

 

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Author
Walker, K.
Created
16/10/2008 04:55 AEST
Last Updated
25/11/2011 09:53 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2008) Sheep foot louse (Linognathus pedalis) Updated on 11/25/2011 9:53:08 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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