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Volume 62, Issue 4


Intrinsic rate of natural increase of Brueelia amandavae (Ischnocera, Phthiraptera) populations infesting Indian red avadavat

Nidhi Gupta / Sandeep Kumar / Arun Saxena
Published Online: 2007-08-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-007-0088-2


The incubation period of eggs, duration of three nymphal instars, adult longevity and the daily egg-deposition rate of the ischnoceran Phthiraptera, Brueelia amandavae, were determined by rearing the louse in vitro (35 ± 1°C, 75–82% RH, feather diet). The data obtained were utilized for life table construction and determination of the intrinsic rate of natural increase (0.031 per day) and the doubling time (23.45 days) of the louse population. The doubling time of the louse in in vivo experiments was 21.5 days.

Keywords: Phthiraptera; biology; life cycle

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Published Online: 2007-08-01

Published in Print: 2007-08-01

Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 62, Issue 4, Pages 458–461, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-007-0088-2.

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