Journal of Applied and Natural Science 4(2):234-236(2012)
In vitro biology of Columbicola bacillus (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera)
Padam Singh, Gaurav Arya, Aftab Ahmad and A.K. Saxena
Department of Zoology, Government Raza Postgraduate College, Rampur – 244901 (U.P.), INDIA *Correspondending author. E-mail: email@example.com Received: June 18, 2012; Revised received: July 28, 2012; Accepted: September 26,2012
Abstract : An ischnoceran louse, Columbicola bacillus infesting Ring dove, Streptopelia decaocto was subjected to in vitro experimentation. The data obtained through in vitro experimentation was utilized to construct the life table and to determine its intrinsic rate of natural increase (rm). The value of rm appeared to be 0.054. At this rate, the population of C. bacillus is supposed to be double after 12.95 days, indicating that it is moderate breeder.
Keywords : Intrinsic rate, Ischnocera, Life table, Phthiraptera, Population expansion