What Bug Is That? The guide to Australian insect families.

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The species in this family are best known as parasites of ungulates, and those present in Australia are important pests of domestic stock: Haematopinus eurysternus and H . quadripertusus on cattle, H . suis on pigs, and H . asini on horses. H . tuberculatus is common on buffalo ( Bubalus bubalis ) in northern Australia, and is occasionally found on cattle.


Head relatively small; mouth-parts developed into an unjointed more or less pointed beak, or rounded anteriorly, without mandibles. Head with distinct eyes or ocular points behind antennae. Head with prominent ocular points but without eyes with lens; on ungulates .

  • Haematopinus asini , female from Equus caballus (horse)