A new species of sucking louse (Phthiraptera: Anoplura: Linognathidae) from Günther's Dikdik (Madoqua guentheri) in Kenya

J Parasitol. 2015 Apr;101(2):140-4. doi: 10.1645/14-616.1. Epub 2014 Nov 13.


Linognathus samburi n. sp. is described from adult male and female specimens collected from a juvenile female Günther's dikdik (Madoqua guentheri) live-trapped near Olturot Village, Samburu district (Rift Valley Province) in northern Kenya. The new species is distinguished from other species of Linognathus including Linognathus geigyi and Linognathus damarensis, both of which parasitize Kirk's dikdik (Madoqua kirkii). A dichotomous key to the species of Linognathus that are known to parasitize dikdiks is included.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anoplura / anatomy & histology
  • Anoplura / classification*
  • Antelopes / parasitology*
  • Female
  • Kenya
  • Lice Infestations / parasitology
  • Lice Infestations / veterinary*
  • Male