Columbicola extinctus (Malcomson, 1937:55)

Passenger pigeon chewing louse



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Mallophaga extinctus Malcomson, 1937:55 (original combination)


Conservation Status

Last record: before c. 1:00PM, 1 September 1914

Rediscovered before 4 January 1999 (Clayton & Price, 1999:685)



North America












Original scientific description:

Malcomson, R. O. (1937). Two new species of Mallophaga. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 30: 53-56.


Other references:

Clayton, Dale H. and Price, Roger D. (1999). Taxonomy of the New World Columbicola (Phthiraptera: Philopteridae) from the Columbiformes (Aves), with descriptions of five new species. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 92(5): 675-685.

Dunn, Robert R. (2009). Coextinction: anecdotes, models, and speculation, pp. 167-180. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.


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