Taxonomy: Suborder Gamisida
Animal: Liponyssus bursa 4 03.jpg
Liponyssus bursa dorsal view (tropical poultry mite, bird lice) - the common blood sucking mite of poultry in Queensland, also attack caged birds, wild birds such as sparrows, domestic animals and also man, particularly in Autumn and Summer, cause papular dermatitis. Distinguished from other mites by the shape of the anal plate, and chelicerae. In s/o Gamisida - larger mites with free coxae and stigmata, hypostome not toothed, claw on palp. To examine: Measurements are vital for id of parasites. Mount mites directly in Gum Arabic/ glycerine/ chloral hydrate solution or use drop lactophenol blue or chlorlactophenol, ring with nail polish for a temporary mount or semi-permanent mount - use melted jelly and ring with nail polish or permanent mounts immerse in Decon 90 over night, dehydrate with alcohols, clear methyl salicylate and mount canada balsam.
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