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Winged louse, lateral - Rhyopsocus

Winged louse, lateral - Rhyopsocus
Sandia Mountains, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
October 9, 2011
Size: 1.1 mm body
Download high resolution image here.

Any help in identifying this specimen is appreciated.

I collected this louse on Tree Spring Trl. 147, 8500 ft, Sandia Crest 7.5’ quadrangle in the Sandia Mountains, Bernalillo Co, NM from a Berlese funnel loaded with forest floor detritus collected from under and around a rotting log in a conifer forest. I often find lice in the collection jar, but they are usually wingless.

This specimen was treated with HMDS(1).

This image is a CombineZP processed stack of 221 images with a 5.6 µm step taken with a Nikon CFI60 Plan Achromat 10X/0.25 microscope objective + Nikon 200 mm F4 AF ED IF macro lens + Nikon D300 camera (magnification 10X; technique described here).

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Winged louse, lateral - Rhyopsocus Winged louse, head lateral - Rhyopsocus Winged louse, anterior - Rhyopsocus Winged louse, ventral - Rhyopsocus

Rhyopsocus sp. --det. E.L. Mockford
his comment: "None are known from New Mexico, and this one has a good chance of being undescribed. I would like to see it."

Moved from Barklice, Booklice, and Parasitic Lice.

Moved from ID Request.

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