Pubic lice

I hese pale to translucent lice have a s(|uat, flat body and a head that is very much narrower than the thorax The middle and hindlegs arc especially stout and have strong claws tor gripping onto hair shafts. The family consists of the I luman Pubic Louse, Pthirus pubis, and the (iorilla Pubic Louse, Pthirus gorillae.

• I .II I CYCLE After mating, the female uses a strong, waterproof glue to stick her eggs singly to pubic hairs. Both nymphs and adults feed 011 the host's blood, leaving bluish marks on the skin.

• OCCl JRRENCE Wherever their hosts live. The I luman Louse is found worldwide.

• REMARK Contrary to popular belief, these very slow-moving lice do not jump and can transfer to new hosts only during intimate contact.

PlIIIRl s rims, the Human Pubic Louse, may be found in armpits and beards as well as the groin. Although unpleasant, it is not known to transmit disease.

small head antennae

Length '/„.-Vujn (1.5-2.5mm)

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