Definition: A genus of biting lice that includes the species Trichodectes canis (Trichodectes latus), the biting louse of dogs that commonly serves as an intermediate host for the dog tapeworm, Dipylidium caninum, as well as the species Trichodectes climax (Bovicola caprae), Trichodectes parumpilosus (B. equi), Trichodectes scalaris (B. bovis), and Trichodectes sphaerocephalus (B. ovis).
[tricho- + G. dektes, a beggar]
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