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Pediculus humanus humanus  Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomic Serial No.: 186075

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Subspecies  
  Common Name(s): body louse [English]
    pou de l'homme [French]
  Valid Name: Pediculus humanus Linnaeus, 1758
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: invalid - other, see comments   
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

  Expert: Vincent S. Smith  
  Notes: Wellcome Trust Junior Research Fellow, Graham Kerr Building, DEEB, IBLS, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ. UK   
  Reference for: Pediculus humanus humanus    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Common names of Insects in Canada, database (version 1999)  
  Acquired: 2003   
  Notes: Entomological Society of Canada / société d'entomologie du Canada   
  Reference for: body louse[English], pou de l'homme [French]   
  Source: Mammal LouseBASE, database (version 05-Feb-03)  
  Acquired: 2003   
  Reference for: Pediculus humanus humanus   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Pediculus humanus humanus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Leo, N. P., N. J. H. Campbell, X. Yang, K. Mumcuoglu, and S. C. Barker  
  Publication Date: 2002   
  Article/Chapter Title: Evidence from Mitochondrial DNA That Head Lice and Body Lice of Humans (Phthiraptera: Pediculidae) are Conspecific   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Journal of Medical Entomology, vol. 49, no. 4   
  Page(s): 662-666   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 0022-2585   
  Reference for: Pediculus humanus humanus   

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  Comment: Vince S. Smith (personal communication, April 2004) notes that while there is ongoing controversy surrounding the status of human head and body lice (Pediculus humanus capitis De Geer 1778 & Pediculus humanus humanus Linnaeus 1758, respectively), there is a lot of evidence to say that they are not genetically separable. He suggests that they be treated as a single undivided species, rather than as two distinct species or subspecies  



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