Journal of Medical Entomology (1999) 36, 530-532

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Craig N. Burkhart, J. Arbogast, P. Smythe and C.G. Burkhart (1999)
Histochemical analysis of the nit of Pediculus humanus capitis (Anoplura : Pediculidae)
Journal of Medical Entomology 36 (4), 530-532
Abstract: Histochemical stainings of head louse nits were performed and observations indicated that the nit sheath was nonchitinous. One discernable membrane composed of hyaluronic acid was established that encircled the larvae within the egg. The structural framework of the egg included a definite lattice around each aeropyle of the operculum, through which oxygen exchange occurred.
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Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution
molecular biology - genes

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Pediculus humanus