Strigiphilus garylarsoni

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Strigiphilus garylarsoni
Strigiphilus garylarsoni Clayton 1990 NHMUK010693502 zoom.jpg
Holotype ♂; paratype ♀.
Scientific classification
S. garylarsoni
Binomial name
Strigiphilus garylarsoni

Strigiphilus garylarsoni is a species of chewing louse found only on owls. The species has no common name.

The species was first described by biologist Dale H. Clayton in 1990.


Its type host is the Northern white-faced owl (Ptilopsis leucotis).[1]


The type location is Ndola, Zambia.[1]


It was named after Gary Larson, creator of the syndicated cartoon The Far Side. In a letter to Larson, Clayton praised the cartoonist for "the enormous contribution that my colleagues and I feel you have made to biology through your cartoons." In his book The Prehistory of the Far Side, Larson stated, "I considered this an extreme honor. Besides, I knew no one was going to write and ask to name a new species of swan after me. You have to grab these opportunities when they come along."[3] Clayton wrote he honored Larson "in appreciation of the unique light he has shed on the workings of nature."[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Clayton, Dale H. (1990). "Host Specificity of Strigiphilus Owl Lice (Ischnocera: Philopteridae), with the Description of New Species and Host Associations" (PDF). Journal of Medical Entomology. 27 (3): 258–260. doi:10.1093/jmedent/27.3.257.
  2. ^ "Strigiphilus garylarsoni Clayton, D.H.". Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  3. ^ Larson, Gary (1989). The Prehistory of the Far Side. Andrews and McMeel. ISBN 978-0-8362-1851-0.

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