Polyplax

Polyplax

(pol'ē-plaks),
A sucking louse (order Anoplura) of rats and mice. The species Polyplax serratus (the mouse louse) has been shown experimentally to be capable of transmitting tularemia and may also be a vector for murine typhus and Trypanosoma lewisi.
[poly- + G. plax, plate, plaque]

Polyplax

a genus of sucking lice in the family Hoplopleuridae.

Polyplax serrata
common louse of laboratory mice. Transmits Mycoplasma spp. and Francisella spp.
Polyplax spinulosa
the common louse of the laboratory rat. Transmits Mycoplasma spp.
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They found that those mice uninfected with the louse Polyplax serrata showed markedly increased responses to these triggers of innate immune responses, compared to highly-infected animals.