Natural History Museum (UK): Beauties and the beasts in the louse collection | Digital Collections Programme

Natural History Museum (UK): Beauties and the beasts in the louse collection | Digital Collections Programme. “Our fantastic digitisers started working on the Museum’s parasitic louse (Phthiraptera) collection in early 2017 and are now over halfway through digitising the collection. We have so far imaged >50,000 louse slides that are publically available through the Museum Data Portal. For each specimen the whole slide is imaged capturing both the specimen and its labels. The label states where and when the specimen was collected and from which host. High resolution specimen images are then taken for type specimens of each species.” This is one of those “surprisingly fascinating” stories – worth a read.

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