SEM of human body louse Pediculus humanus corporis

SEM of human body louse Pediculus humanus corporis

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Caption: Human body louse. Scanning Electron Micrograph of the human body louse Pediculus humanus corporis. This blood-sucker lives in the clothing of man, and five times a day feeds on human blood. Its mouthparts (at right) are supplied with six tiny hooklets that attach the louse when feeding. There is a proboscis, a slender tube for piercing skin and sucking blood. The saliva acts as an anti- coagulant preventing the blood from clotting. The lice lay their eggs (nits) in seams of clothing and along shafts of human hair. They are associat- ed with poor hygiene and sanitation. They may transmit pathogens such as trench fever and typhus. Magnification: x80 at 8x10 inch size.

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Keywords: animal, human body, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, louse, nature, pediculus humanus corporis, wildlife, zoology

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