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]
a genus of sucking lice in the family Hoplopleuridae.
common louse of laboratory mice. Transmits Mycoplasma spp. and Francisella spp.
the common louse of the laboratory rat. Transmits Mycoplasma spp.