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Male human head louse.jpg
Head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Phthiraptera
Suborder: Anoplura
Family: Pediculidae
Leach, 1817
Genus: Pediculus
Linnaeus, 1758

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Pediculus is a genus of sucking lice, the sole genus in the family Pediculidae. Pediculus species are ectoparasites of primates.

Species include:[1]

Humans are the hosts of Pediculus humanus. Chimpanzees and bonobos host Pediculus shaeffi. Various New World monkeys in the families Cebidae and Atelidae host Pediculus mjobergi.[2]


  1. ^ "Pediculus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Pediculus". Retrieved 15 August 2017.