Haematopinus (genus)

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Author(s): Daniel J. Drew
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Haematopinidae - Haematopinus Leach, 1815 - (ungulate lice)

The family of Haematopinidae with the single genus Haematopinus includes around 20 species of blood-sucking lice that are parasitic on ungulates. Economically important hosts are pigs, cattle, horses and camels. However, each species has usually only one specific host. For example, the hog louse (Haematopinus suis) only infests pigs, causing severe irritation and possible weight loss. The lice spread mainly through contact between the hosts.

The following species are currently entered under the genus Haematopinus: