Huiacola extinctus Mey, 1990

Huia lice



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rallicola extinctus Mey, 1990


Conservation Status

Last record: before 28 December 1907


Huiacola extinctus was a single-host louse which apparently became extinct because it's host, the Huia, also became extinct. Although, reports of the Huia still occur so there is some extremely remote chance that both still exist.



New Zealand


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Mey, E. (1990). Eine neue ausgestorbene Vogel-Ischnozere von Neuseeland, Huiacola extinctus (Insecta, Phthiraptera) ["A new extinct avian ischnoceran from New Zealand, Huiacola extinctus (Insecta, Phthiraptera)."]. Zoologischer Anzeiger 224(1-2): 49-73. [Abstract]


Other references:

Mason, George E. (1921). Observations on certain external parasites found upon the New Zealand huia (Neomorpha acutirostris Gould) and not previously recorded. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 53: 357-359.

Palma, Ricardo L. (1999). Amendments and additions to the 1982 list of chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from birds in New Zealand. Notornis 46(3): 373-387.


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