Louse Taxonomy and Phylogeny

Louse Taxonomy and Phylogeny

View the Tree of Life pages for lice on this server.

Haematopinus suis, courtesy the Iowa State University's Entomology Image Gallery.

Lice provide some of the best data for the study of host-parasite cospeciation. The following are some collaborative projects I'm involved in.


Gopher lice

Goals

A complete phylogeny of all known pocket gopher lice.

Collaborators

Ron Hellenthal, Roger Price, and Mark Hafner.

Status

A phylogeny for all gopher lice based on adult and first instar data has been published (Systematic Entomology, 20:129-143 [1995]). The data set was developed from a data base maintained by Ron Hellenthal, which he and Roger Price assembled over 20 years.

View the tree and the data.

Mark Hafner's laboratory is obtaining allozyme data and DNA sequences from both gophers and lice. For some of their recent results see Science, 265: 1087-1090 [1994].


Swiftlet lice

Goals

A taxonomic revision and phylogeny of swiftlet lice (genus Dennyus).

Collaborators

Dale Clayton (Principal Investigator)

Roger Price

Status

In progress (click here to see what Dennyus looks like).



This page last updated 22 October 1996.