Evolutionary history of mammalian sucking lice (Phthiraptera: Anoplura)

  title={Evolutionary history of mammalian sucking lice (Phthiraptera: Anoplura)},
  author={Jessica E Light and Vincent S. Smith and Julie M. Allen and Lance A. Durden and David L. Reed},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
Sucking lice (Phthiraptera: Anoplura) are obligate, permanent ectoparasites of eutherian mammals, parasitizing members of 12 of the 29 recognized mammalian orders and approximately 20% of all mammalian species. These host specific, blood-sucking insects are morphologically adapted for life on mammals: they are wingless, dorso-ventrally flattened, possess tibio-tarsal claws for clinging to host hair, and have piercing mouthparts for feeding. Although there are more than 540 described species of… CONTINUE READING
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