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Pseudolynchia canariensis (Macquart,1839)

Common names: Pigeon louse fly, Pigeon fly

Introduction

Pseudolynchia canariensis (Macquart, 1840), commonly known as a Pigeon Fly is a biting fly in the family Hippoboscidae. Like most flies from the family Hippoboscidae, the Pigeon Fly specifically parasitizes on birds from the family Columbidae, such as pigeons and doves, thus its common name.


Distribution

Pseudolynchia canariensis are found is most part of the world (mainly subtropical and tropical) where pigeons can be found. Areas include Continental Africa, Mediterranean Sub-region, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Identification

    

Figures 2-6: Illustrations of Pseudolynchia canariensis and its morphology. Image Credit: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology.

Pseudolynchia canariensis is brown and dorsoventrally flattened. This allows the fly to hide in between the feathers of its hosts to avoid detection.  Additionally, it has a hard exoskeleton which makes it more difficult for the birds to crush the flies using their beaks when preening.

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This page was authored by Leshon Lee (A0166748M)
Last curated on 19 September 2018

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