The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Colpocephalum californici Price & Beer, 1963

Condor louse

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

 

 

Conservation Status

Last record: 1980's?

 

A species of louse formerly restricted to the Californian condor. It is believed to have gone extinct when the last individuals of the Californian condor were brought into captivity and treated for louse in the 1980's. However, it is not known for certain whether the two individual Californian condors which had louse on them were of this species. Hence the species could have gone extinct in the 1970's.

 

Distribution

California, USA

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Price, Roger D. F. and Beer, James R. (1963). Species of Colpocephalum (Mallophaga: Menoponidae) parasitic upon the Falconiformes. Canadian Entomologist 95(7): 731-763.

 

Other references:

Dunn, R. R. (2009). Coextinction: anecdotes, models, and speculation. In: Holocene Extinctions. Turvey, Samuel T (ed.). Oxford: University Press:167-180.

Rózsa, L. and Vas, Z. (2015). Co-extinct and critically co-endangered species of parasitic lice, and conservation-induced extinction: should lice be reintroduced to their hosts? Oryx 49(1): 107-110.

 

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