*Department of anatomy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee 37232, U.S.A.
Sucking louse (Hoplopleura erratica: Insecta, Anoplura) exchange between individuals of a wild population of Eastern chipmunks, Tamias striatus, in central Tennessee, U.S.A.
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 201, Issue 1, pages 117–123, September 1983
How to Cite
Durden, L. A. (1983), Sucking louse (Hoplopleura erratica: Insecta, Anoplura) exchange between individuals of a wild population of Eastern chipmunks, Tamias striatus, in central Tennessee, U.S.A. Journal of Zoology, 201: 117–123. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1983.tb04264.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 8 March 1983
Adult Hoplopleura erratica sucking lice were labelled using a setal clipping technique. Host exchange for lice marked in this manner was monitored through a small population of dye-marked Eastern chipmunks, Tamias striatus, the normal host of this ectoparasite, in a deciduous woodland in central Tennessee, U.S.A. This was accomplished by frequent host live-trapping, anaesthetization and pelage examinations. Louse transfer was most prevalent during the host summer mating period, presumably because of increased chipmunk contacts. At this time, 66·7% of marked adult lice within the host population transferred. Exchanges between opposite sex hosts were more common and adult males donated most lice; no juvenile chipmunks were recorded as louse donors. A greater proportion of male than female lice transferred. Using the exclusive boundary strip method, all exchanging chipmunks had overlapping ranges or shared at least one boundary line.