Polyplax serrata

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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).

Figure 1

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

Figure 2

LM of an egg of P. serrata.