SEM of a human head louse on a hair

SEM of a human head louse on a hair

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Caption: Head louse. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a blood-sucking human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis, attached to a human hair. This parasite is found in the hair of the human head. The louse has a massive hooked claw on the end of each of its six legs which it uses to grip onto hairs. The closely related body louse, Pediculus humanus corporis, inhabits clothing and is able to interbreed with head lice. Lice infestations cause skin inflammation (dermatitis), and may lead to bacterial infection of the skin (impetigo). Treatment is with a medicated shampoo. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, dermatitis, fauna, hair, head louse, human head louse, impetigo, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, louse, nature, pediculosis, pediculus humanus capitis, scanning electron micrograph, sem, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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