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Histochemical analysis of the nit of Pediculus humanus capitis (Anoplura: Pediculidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1999
Authors:C. N. Burkhart, Arbogast, J., Smythe, P., Burkhart, C. G.
Journal:Journal of Medical Entomology
Pagination:530 - 532
Date Published:1999
Keywords:animals, humans, Lice Infestations/parasitology, Ovum/ultrastructure, Pediculus

Histochemical stainings of head louse nits were performed and observations indicated that the nit sheath was nonchitinous. One discernable membrane composed of hyaluronic acid was established that encircled the larvae within the egg. The structural framework of the egg included a definite lattice around each aeropyle of the operculum, through which oxygen exchange occurred.

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