Polyplax spinulosa

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Polyplax spinulosa
Polyplax spinulosa louse under microscope.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Anoplura
Family: Polyplacidae
Genus: Polyplax
Species: P. spinulosa
Binomial name
Polyplax spinulosa
(Burmeister, 1839)
  • Pediculus spinulosus Burmeister, 1839
  • Haematopinus spinulosus: Denny, 1842
  • Pediculus denticulatus Nitzsch, 1864
  • Haematopinus (Polyplax) spinulosus: Neumann, 1909
  • Polyplax campylopteri Zavaleta, 1945

Polyplax spinulosa is a sucking louse (Anoplura) from the genus Polyplax. It occurs worldwide and commonly infects its type host, the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), and related species like the black rat (Rattus rattus), Rattus pyctoris, Rattus nitidus, Rattus argentiventer, Rattus tanezumi, Rattus exulans, and Bandicota indica.[2] It is also occasionally found in other rodents, such as the marsh rice rat (Oryzomys palustris) in North America.[3]


  1. ^ Durden and Musser, 1994, p. 73
  2. ^ Durden and Musser, 1994, pp. 73–74
  3. ^ Durden, 1988, p. 900

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