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Mallophaga (Chewing Lice)

bird louse Damalinia caprae Dog biting lice - Trichodectes canis Louse Louse found on white-tailed deer - Tricholipeurus bird louse bird louse Duck phthiraptera
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Psocodea (Barklice, Booklice, and Parasitic Lice)
No Taxon (Phthiraptera (Parasitic Lice))
No Taxon Mallophaga (Chewing Lice)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Lipoptera Shipley 1904
Size
0.5-6 mm, rarely up to 10 mm(1)
Habitat
on hosts only; die fast outside host body
Food
Parasites of birds and mammals. Most specialize on only one or a few species of hosts.
Life Cycle
Eggs are attached to the hair or feathers of the host by a drop of waterproof glue. Larvae hatch from the eggs and join the adults in feeding. They molt as they grow but change little in aspect: paurometablolous
Remarks
Some are important pests of domestic animals, especially poultry(1)
Internet References
Photos of common nearctic spp.