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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month – Answer Oct 2012

Dr. Williams

These are seal lice, or Echinophthrius horridus. They are lice, sucking lice, or Anoplurans to be more precise. Lice are insects within the hexapods with 6 legs, as opposed to mites which are arachnids with 8 legs (some  parasite mites may have fewer; impress your friends!). Echinophthrius horridus are found on many phocids such as […]

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