Lice on a shag, one pictuer at 20x and one at 80x
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We need more lice on iSpot. Where did you find these? On a dead bird?
I found them on a Shag I took into care on the Isles of Scilly, I'm intrested in parasites for several reasons but one is listing and as parasites are offten host specific they are worth looking for on any find. The parasite evolves with the species as there is limited contact with other similar species e.g. in this case shags nest in colonys so contact within other birds the colony is the main way of ectoparasite exchange. I'll be checkinh things my cat brings back!
I've got a Mallophaga louse on a Louse fly (Ornithomya) which I shall add - I guessed that it was 'phoretic'
Both fly and louse that I've collected look exactly like this
Edit: here's the promised louse, any help with the species is welcome:
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Lat/Lng: 49.9352, -6.3007
OS grid ref: SV915127