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This illustration depicts a dorsal view of a “body louse”, Pediculus humanus var. corporis (Lt), and a “crab louse”, Phthirus pubis (Rt). Lice are insects, possessing three pairs of jointed legs. The relative size of this ectoparasite’s legs, and terminal claws, are a characteristics that are often used to distinguish some genera from their closely related, morphologically similar cousins.
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Creation Date:1975
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