Haematopinus bovis

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Haematopinus quadripertusus adult

Haematopinus spp (Cattle tail louse) are a tropical and subtropical parasitic louse of cattle.

Species which are pathogenic to cattle include:

  • Haematopinus quadripertusus
  • Haematopinus tuberculatus
  • Haematopinus eurysternus[1]

Haematopinus are found on the back, hindlegs, and tail switch. Nymphs may be found on other parts of the body, including the perineum and vulva. The cattle tail louse is known to parasitize both European and Zebu breeds of cattle[2].

These parasites can be effectively eradicated with modern insecticides such as fipronil and ivermectin[3].


  1. Hornok S et al (2010) Survey on blood-sucking lice (Phthiraptera: Anoplura) of ruminants and pigs with molecular detection of Anaplasma and Rickettsia spp. Vet Parasitol 174(3-4):355-358
  2. Merck Vet Manual
  3. White WH et al (2007) Therapeutic and persistent efficacy of spinosad applied as a pour-on or a topical spray against natural infestations of chewing and sucking lice on cattle. Vet Parasitol 143(3-4):329-336