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Phthiraptera (Parasitic Lice)

Head Louse - Pediculus humanus Pediculus humanus humanus  - Pediculus humanus Louse found on a cat - Felicola subrostratus Human head louse - Pediculus humanus Pediculus humanus Ricinus poultry louse Pediculus humanus  - Pediculus humanus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Psocodea (Barklice, Booklice, and Parasitic Lice)
No Taxon Phthiraptera (Parasitic Lice)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
sister group to Liposcelididae(1)
Anoplura (sucking lice) and Mallophaga (chewing lice) used to be treated as separate orders
Life Cycle
Simple metamorphosis. In most species, females lay 50-150 eggs, attaching them to the host's hairs or feathers. Eggs usually hatch in about a week, and there are generally three nymphal instars.(2)
Works Cited
1.Phylogenomics and the evolution of hemipteroid insects
Johnson K.P. et al. 2018. PNAS.
2.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.