Coloured SEM of a pubic louse claw

Coloured SEM of a pubic louse claw

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Caption: Pubic louse. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of two claws of a pubic or crab louse, Phthirus pubis, gripping a hair. An infestation of P. pubis causes pediculosis, the symptoms of which are severe itching and a rash. The lice suck blood, feeding five times a day. They spread through sexual contact and through bedding and clothing. Each of the louse's six legs terminates in a massive claw, which folds inward to meet a thumb-like projection on the opposite side. The louse climbs & swings through its habitat, locking into position when disturbed. Magnification: x110 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, bionic, bionics, claw, crab, crab louse, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, louse, nature, phthirus pubis, pubic, pubic louse, wildlife, zoology

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