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An order of biting lice that cause irritation by feeding on hair, feathers, and skin, and on blood and exudates when present; most species are found on birds, but some are found on common domestic animals. The genera Menacanthus and Menopon (family Menoponidae) attack domestic fowl, as do Columbicola, Chelopistes, Lipeurus, and other genera of the family Philopteridae, while Bovicola, Felicola, and Trichodectes (family Trichodectidae) infest domestic mammals.
[G. mallos, wool, + phagein, to eat]
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MallophagaA suborder of biting lice with 2800 species. They are wingless, hemimetabolous (simple metamorphosis with no pupa), ectoparsites (live on the outside of their hosts, mostly birds but also of some mammals, including humans), measure 0.5 to 10 mm in length, are dorsoventrally flattened, and have reduced compound eyes and no ocelli.
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MallophagaAn order of biting lice that may affect humans
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005