Female Menopon biseriatum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Phthiraptera
Suborder: Amblycera
Family: Menoponidae

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Sometimes referred to as the chicken body louse family, the Menoponidae are a family of a larger group Amblycera of the chewing lice. Most commonly they are ectoparasites of a wide range of birds.

They are identified by their short antennae, concealed in grooves behind the eyes. To the naked eye, it may appear as though they have no antennae.

Selected genera

  • Austromenopon
  • Colpocephalum
  • Kurodaia
  • Longimenopon
  • Menacanthus
  • Menopon
  • Myrsidea
  • Nosopon