Phthiraptera collection

The Phthiraptera collection comprises the records of all the slide-mounted parasitic lice material at the Natural History Museum, London. It includes the main collection and the four discrete historical collections of Richard Balter, Henry Denny, Edouard Piaget and Seinosuke Uchida.

The Phthiraptera collection was digitised to refine our slide digitisation workflow and to provide images for metadata extraction using machine learning.

Each specimen record has been published with an image capturing both the specimen and its associated labels and creating an inventory record with a unique identifier (barcode) and taxon information. High resolution images were taken of specimens marked as a primary type or a representative specimen if no marked type material was available.

Additional metadata about the individual author contributions is available as a separate metadata file.

This collection was digitised as part of the Museum's Digital Collections Programme and the SYNTHESYS3 Project (EU FP7 programme SYNTHESYS3 [FP7-312253]).

Data and Resources

Cite this as

Olha Shchedrina, E. Louise Allan, Paul Brown, Laurence Livermore, Vincent S. Smith (2017). Dataset: Phthiraptera collection. Natural History Museum Data Portal (

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Additional Info

Field Value
Author(s) Olha Shchedrina, E. Louise Allan, Paul Brown, Laurence Livermore, Vincent S. Smith
Affiliation Natural History Museum
Contributors Shaun Goodchild Jonathon Roberts
Temporal extent pre 1850 to present day
Update frequency Monthly
Dataset category Collections
Last updated November 30, 2018
Last resource update September 28, 2017 (Phthiraptera collection specimens)
Created August 22, 2017
License Creative Commons CCZero