Spot ID Characters for the Order

PHTHIRAPTERA


Key Characters:

  • Chewing lice have a broad, flat head that is as wide as, or wider than the thorax
  • Sucking lice have a conical head that is narrower than the thorax
  • Enlarged tarsal claws of sucking lice are adapted for gripping individual hairs




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    Last Updated:   11 November 2007
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    John R. Meyer
    Department of Entomology
    NC State University