Hoplopleura janzeni n. sp. (Phthiraptera: Anoplura), a new sucking louse from a Central American swimming mouse

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2001
Authors:L. A. Durden, Timm R. M.
Journal:Journal of Parasitology
Pagination:1409 - 1413
Date Published:2001
Keywords:animals, Anoplura, atax, Costa Rica, Muridae/parasitology, n.sp., Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S., Swimming, Tropical Climate

Both sexes of a new species of sucking louse Hoplopleura janzeni (Phthiraptera: Hoplopleuridae) are described and illustrated from the Central American ichthyomyine swimming mouse Rheomys raptor (Rodentia: Muridae) collected in Costa Rica. The morphology of the new species is compared with that of Hoplopleura exima Johnson, the only other species of sucking louse known to parasitize an ichthyomyine rodent. Hoplopleura janzeni is unique in having posteriorly directed spurs on the first antennal segment, the fore- and midcoxae, and the hind femora of both sexes.

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