Taxonomy

Haematomyzus elephantis

Haematomyzus elephantis a line drawing of the elephant louse. ©     V Smith

Physical characteristics

Haematomyzus elephantis has a

  • distinct triangular shaped head
  • the preantennal region elongated into a long rostrum
    • bearing pair of outward facing mandibles
  • short broad thorax without a sternal plate
  • long slender legs 
    • bearing a single serrate claw