Welcome to Phthiraptera.myspecies.info

Lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) are permanent, obligate ectoparasites of birds and mammals. Three of the suborders (Amblycera, Ischnocera and Rhynchophthirina) are known as chewing or biting lice, and the fourth (Anoplura) form the sucking lice. There are about 5,000 known species, present on roughly 4,000 species of bird and 800 mammal. Most are highly host specific, and consequently lice are present in every continent and virtually every habitat occupied by birds and mammals.

This website is a collection or digital resources on parasitic lice. This includes extensive literature, image and checklist databases. Major contributors include Dr. Vince Smith from the Natural History Museum, London and the late Dr. Bob Dalgleish. From 2006 these resources are managed by Vince Smith on behalf of the International Society of Phthirapterists, an informal group of specialists working on various aspects of parasitic louse biology. If you would like to contribute to this website please contact Vince Smith.

Cite as: Smith, V.S, Broom, Y. and Dalgleish, R †. Phthiraptera.info (web resource). Accessed Day-Month-Year. http://phthiraptera.myspecies.info/

NEWS: 1) The next ISoP conference (ICP7) will be in Guangdong, China in 2022 with backup plans for 2023 . 2) A comprehensive consensus review on the best practice for control of head louse infestations was recently published (August 2020).


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Neohaematopinus sciuri

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Pectinopygus bassani

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith