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Table 4

MALDI-TOF MS identification of included louse species. Specimens were included based on the quality of their spectra (intensity, overall spectrum quality, and intra-species reproducibility).

Host Species Percentage of included specimens Number of spectra added as reference Number of specimens used for the blind test LSVs obtained from blind tests against database & mean Percentage of correct identification
Mammal lice Haematopinus eurysternus 18/20 (90%) 4 14 [1.91–2.9] – 2.213 14/14 (100%)
Solenopotes capillatus 59/68 (86.76%) 6 53 [1.719–2.707] – 2.023 52/53 (98.11%)
Linognathus vituli 25/35 (71.42%) 5 20 [1.632–2.511] – 2.075 20/20 (100%)
Linognathus africanus 17/21 (80.95%) 4 13 [1.704–2.644] – 2.046 13/13 (100%)
Bovicola caprae 33/45 (73.33%) 8 25 [1.546–2.857] – 1.852 19/25 (76%)
Bovicola bovis 29/40 (72.5%) 5 24 [1.728–2.873] – 2.11 23/24 (95.83%)
Bovicola ovis 57/96 (59.37%) 9 48 [1.813–2.837] – 2.198 48/48 (100%)
Poultry lice Goniocotes gallinae 5/5 (100%) 3 2 [2.34–2.393] – 2.366 2/2 (100%)
Goniodes gigas 2/2 (100%)) 1 1 1.932 1/1 (100%)
Menopon gallinae 13/16 (81.25%) 4 9 [1.809–2.613] – 2.166 9/9 (100%)
Menacanthus stramineus 6/10 (60%) 3 3 [2.306–2.608] – 2.456 3/3 (100%)
Chelopistes meleagridis 15/18 (83.33%) 4 11 [1.703–2.046] – 1.824 11/11 (100%)
Lipeurus caponis 2/8 (25%) 1 1 2.107 1/1 (100%)
Human lice Pediculus humanus corporis 24/24 (100%) 0 24 [1.979–2.328] – 2.251 24/24 (100%)
14 305/408 (74.75%) 57 248 2.115 240/248 (96.77%)

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