Crab louse

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Crab louse
Pthirus pubis - crab louse.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Phthiraptera
Suborder: Anoplura
Family: Pthiridae
Genus: Pthirus
Species: P. pubis
Binomial name
Pthirus pubis

Pediculus pubis Linnaeus, 1758

The crab louse or pubic louse is an insect, which is a parasite on humans. It is found most often in pubic hair, but also lives in other areas on the body with dense hair. It can be spread from one human to another by sexual intercourse, but also through garments, towels and besheets, for example in a hotel. Crab lice are still visible with the human eye, they are about 1.5-2mm in size.

Note that head lice and Body lice are different species.