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What is the common name of Pediculus humanus?

What is the common name of Pediculus humanus?

body louse
Integrated Taxonomic Information System – Report

Pediculus humanus capitis De Geer, 1778
Common Name(s): body louse [English]
head louse [English]
Taxonomic Status:
Current Standing: valid

What disease is caused by Pediculus humanus capitis?

Body and head lice (Pediculus humanus humanus and P. h. capitis, respectively) cause a condition in humans known as Pediculosis. Although body lice are usually found on the torso, and head lice are found on the head and face, both species may change location.

What kingdom is Pediculus humanus capitis?

Head louse/Kingdom

What classification is lice?

Human lice (P humanus and P pubis) are found in all countries and climates. They belong to the phylum Arthropoda, the class Insecta, the order Phthiraptera, and the suborder Anoplura (known as the sucking lice). Mammals are the hosts for all Anoplura.

What are the two subspecies of Pediculus humanus?

Pediculus humanus is a species of louse that infects humans. It comprises two subspecies: Pediculus humanus humanus Linnaeus, 1758 – the body louse. Pediculus humanus capitis De Geer, 1767 – the head louse.

Which is the only host for pediculosis in humans?

Pediculosis is infestation with the human head-and-body louse, Pediculus humanus. There are two subspecies, the head louse (P. h. capitis) and the body louse (P. h. humanus). They are ectoparasites whose only known hosts are humans.

What is the scientific name for head lice?

This article is about the animal. For the disease known as head lice, see Head lice infestation. The head louse ( Pediculus humanus capitis) is an obligate ectoparasite of humans that causes head lice infestation (pediculosis capitis).

How is the diagnosis of Pediculosis best made?

Figure B: Empty shell of the nit in Figure A, the nymph having left. The diagnosis of pediculosis is best made by finding a live nymph or adult louse on the scalp or in the hair of a person. Finding numerous nits within 6 mm of the scalp is highly suggestive of active infestation.