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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Phthiraptera
Suborder: Ischnocera
Family: Philopteridae
Genus: Saemundssonia
Timmermann, 1956

around 100 described species and subspecies

Saemundssonia is a genus of chewing lice belonging to the family Philopteridae. These lice are parasitic on aquatic birds, especially on members of the order Charadriiformes, but also on Anseriformes, Gruiformes, Pelecaniformes and Procellariiformes. Members of this genus have a broad triangular head bearing a frontal plate with a dark backwards-pointing projection.


Species include:


Price, Roger D.; Ricardo L. Palma; Dale H. Clayton (2003). "Review of the genus Saemundssonia Timmermann (Phthiraptera: Philopteridae) from the Alcidae (Aves: Charadriiformes) including a new species and new host records" (PDF). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 105 (4): 915–924.