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The family contains many genera, and the chief hosts are rodents. Hoplopleura contains the only native Anoplura, and there must be many more species than the few described. H . pacifica , a common parasite on R . rattus and R . exulans in the Pacific, is common on R . rattus in Australia.


Head relatively small; mouth-parts developed into an unjointed more or less pointed beak, or rounded anteriorly, without mandibles. Head without eyes or ocular points. Head and thorax with only a few typical setae, abdomen without scales. Abdomen with distinct paratergites; fore coxae usually close together. S2 extending laterally on each side to articulate with the corresponding paratergites; hind legs largest of the 3 pairs; on rodents.

  • Hoplopleura calaby  from Pseudomys higgins i  (long tailed mouse), female.