Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo



Institute name: 
Museu de Zoologia
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Serviço de Invertebrados - Entomologia
Avenida Nazaré, 481 - Ipiranga
São Paulo
Postcode/zip code: 
São Paulo


Prof. Dr. Marcelo Duarte, invertebrate curator
Telephone voice: 
(55) (11) 2065-8100
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Collection details

Phthiraptera collection: 

The card index of the Phthiraptera collection held in the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (MZUSP) comprises about 1,719 entries relating to specimens from many hosts around the world (e.g. Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas), which are either slide-mounted (72% of them) or preserved in alcohol (28%). This collection originated in the mid-1940’s through the efforts of Lindolpho Rocha Guimarães (1908‑1998), a prominent Brazilian ectoparasitologist. This collection include types of more than 140 nominal species of Phthiraptera (Valim, 2009).

Below an example of the cards and slides present in the collection of Phthiraptera at MZUSP . Photo: Esthiopterum constrictiventris Pessôa & Guimarães, 1935, holotype

Card and slide

The list of types held at MZUSP was published in Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia at

VALIM, M. P. 2009. Type specimens of lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) held in the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 49(17): 197-219.

Systematic coverage: 
Phthiraptera (Amblycera, Ischnocera and Anoplura), Siphonaptera, Diptera (Hippoboscidae, Streblidae, Nycteribiidae), Coleoptera (Staphylinidae). All with types.
Host coverage: 
Most part is composed by Brazilian bird species, but few mammals also are present. Due the exchange of specimens with researchers worldwide some hosts exotic to Brazilian fauna are present, these are always birds.
Geographical coverage: 
Chiefly composed by sample collected in Brazil, most part in a spirit collection. Due the exchange of specimens there are slide-mounted specimens from all continents.
Lindolpho R. Guimarães
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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