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Encyclopedia of Parasitology

pp 1183-1183

Polyplax serrata

An about 1.5 mm long louse (Mallophaga) species of mice and rats (Figs. 1, 2), which may transmit Rickettsia mooseri (the agent of murine typhus).

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Figure 1

SEM of an adult stage from ventral; note that the first legs are smaller.

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Figure 2

LM of an egg of P. serrata.

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