Taxonomy: Order Phthiraptera (lice)
Animal: Phthirus pubis 2 09.jpg
Phthirus pubis female crab or pubic louse 1 - 2 mm. Females lay 150-200 eggs; egg to egg takes 17-25 days. The eggs are similar to the head or body louse but smaller. These have been found not only on pubic hair, but also body hair, beards, eyebrows and eyelashes. Measurements are vital for id of parasites. Ticks, mites, fleas, lice and dipteran larvae should be fixed and stored in 70 percent alcohol. To examine: temporary mount - use drop lactophenol blue or chlorlactophenol, ring with nail polish or semi-permanent mount - use melted jelly and ring with nail polish or permanent mounts- immerse in Decon 90 over night, dehydrate clove oil, clear methyl salicylate and mount canada balsam.
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