Subject: [SEABIRD] Request for lice from seabirds (fwd)
Date: Jan 23 14:23:24 2000
From: Jon. Anderson and Marty Chaney - festuca at

Hi folks,

Thought that anyone who's dealing with sea bird research or in
beached bird surveys on the coast might be able to help Dr. Kennedy
with this request. Please respond to Drs. Page or Kennedy, not to me.

Jon. Anderson
Olympia, Washington
festuca at

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 18:26:39 +0000
From: Martyn Kennedy <Martyn.Kennedy at>
To: seabird at
Subject: [SEABIRD] Request for lice from seabirds

Dear All,

On the off chance that anyone is in the position to collect bird lice in
the future, I have reposting a message Rod Page sent out about a year
ago (see below, between the ~~~~~~~'s). He is still (and will probably
always be) interested in obtaining any bird lice that are collected, and
particularly those from seabirds (see below).

I am interested in any lice that people collect from the pelecaniforms
(especially pelicans, frigate birds, and darters/Anhingas, but essentially
everything!). Any pelecaniform lice at all would be greatly appreciated.

I also want to increase my sampling of the pelecaniforms. I am
especially interested in obtaining more microcormorant samples and
additional pelican samples. If anyone has any pelecaniform samples
(anything that could be used for DNA extraction) or is able to collect
some I would appreciate hearing from you.

Martyn Kennedy
My colleagues and I are studying the coevolution of seabirds and their
lice, and I'm keen to obtain lice from as many seabird species as
possible. If anyone is in a position to collect lice from seabirds (e.g., as
part of another study, from washed-up birds, post-mortems, etc.) we'd
be extremely grateful. Ideally the lice would be freshly collected (or
taken from frozen specimens), stored in 70-90% ethanol alcohol, and
posted to:

Dr Roderic D. M. Page
Graham Kerr Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ, U.K.

More details on collecting and storing lice can be obtained from
For details of our project see

Rod Page

Dr Roderic D. M. Page
Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, IBLS
Graham Kerr Building
University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, U.K.

Tel: (0141) 330 4778 Fax: (0141) 330 5971 at

Martyn Kennedy
D.E.E.B., I.B.L.S., Graham Kerr Building,
University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ,
Scotland, U.K.

Phone: +44-[0]141-330-6626 Fax: +44-[0]141-330-5971
e-mail: martyn.kennedy at