The "Mallophaga" are a paraphyletic grouping comprising all lice other
than the Anoplura. The diagram below displays the range of morphologies of
various families of "Mallophaga."
A: Menoponidae (all orders of birds, includes the Trinotonidae) B: Trinotonidae (most spp.- Ducks, geese and swans) C: Laemobothriidae (rails, storks, hawks) D: Ricinidae (small passerines, including the Trochiliphagidae of hummingbirds) E: Trochiliphagidae (hummingbirds) F: Boopiidae (most spp.- Australian marsupials) G: Gyropidae (cavimorph rodents) H: Trimenoponidae (neotropical marsupials & cavimorph rodents) I: Abrocomophagidae (a single species from a rodent)
J: Haematomyzidae (elephants and wart-hogs)
K: Trichodectidae (mammals) L: Philopteridae (all bird orders) M: Heptapsogasteridae (Tinamiform birds)
Note that this diagram is intended to illustrate the morphological diversity of the "mallophaga" and should not be interpreted as a classification scheme for chewing lice. I am currently preparing a generic phylogeny for the Ischnocera however no such scheme exists for the Amblycera to date.
Picture copyright © 1997, R.D.M. Page