Fossil lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) reconsidered


  • Unpublished for the purposes of zoological nomenclature (Art. 8.2. ICZN)

R. Dalgleish, 10601 Tierrasanta Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92124-2616, U.S.A. E-mail:


Abstract Five papers describing fossils considered to be Phthiraptera (lice) by their authors are reviewed. We place the specimens described in three papers in the Acari (mites) and regard them as probably not fossils. A fourth paper describes what appears to be a fossil insect. However, we do not consider it to be a louse. The fifth paper describes a more recent fossil that differs little from extant lice.