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Scanning Electron Microscope Study of <i>Mirophthirus liae</i> (Anoplura: Mirophthiridae) and Confirmation of the Family Status of the Mirophthiridae (Phthiraptera: Anoplura)

Ta-Hsiung Chin

in Journal of Medical Entomology

Volume 35, issue 4, pages 596-598
Published in print July 1998 | ISSN: 0022-2585
Published online September 2014 | e-ISSN: 1938-2928 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmedent/35.4.596
Scanning Electron Microscope Study of Mirophthirus liae (Anoplura: Mirophthiridae) and Confirmation of the Family Status of the Mirophthiridae (Phthiraptera: Anoplura)

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The family Mirophthiridae was erected in 1980 to accommodate the monotypic sucking louse Mirophthirus liae Chin, an ectoparasite of the Chinese pygmy dormouse, Typhlomys cinereus. Some systematists did not accept this taxonomic designation and instead placed M. liae in the family Polyplacidae. The scanning electron microscope study described here provides further diagnosis of M. liae and, based on the unique morphological characteristics of this louse, it is returned to the monotypic family Mirophthiridae. A diagnosis of the family Mirophthiridae is provided.

Keywords: Mirophthirus liae; Mirophthiridae; taxonomy; morphology; scanning electron microscopy

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