12 Aug 2016

Critter of the Week: The Feather Louse!

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:38 pm on 12 August 2016
The Feather Louse

The Feather Louse Photo: Rod Morris

While it certainly isn't lovable or pretty, there are approx 180 species of Feather Louse in New Zealand.

They particularly love living on the Albatross, with six different species being found on individual birds.  

Each louse takes up a different part of albatross real estate, with one species living primarily in the head and neck area, others on the body and the "monster" louse, Harrisoniella hopkinsi which can be up to a centimetre long, shares the wing area with other species.

Nicola Toki, DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador explains why we should care about these parasitic creatures.

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