Bark Louse
( Psocoptera )


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PHOTO COMMENT
The species known as booklice received their common name because they are commonly found amongst old books?they feed upon the paste used in binding. The barklice are found harmlessly on trees, feeding on algae and lichen.

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Psocoptera
Common Name:Bark Louse
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Psocoptera
Taxon Code:PSO01107
ITIS TSN#:103320

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
City of Oakland Municipal Servic, City of Oakland Municipal Service Center (MSC), 7101 Edgewater Dr., Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100121

RECOGNITION
Body Length
1-1- mm

BIOLOGY
Psocids are small, scavenging insects with a relatively generalized body plan. They feed primarily on fungi, algae, lichen, and organic detritus. They have chewing mandibles, and the central lobe of the maxilla is modified into a slender rod. This rod is used to brace the insect while it scrapes up detritus with its mandibles. They also have a swollen forehead, large compound eyes, and three ocelli. Some species can spin silk from glands in their mouth.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#103320
  • Wikipedia


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