Book Review: Palma 2017. Phthiraptera (Insecta). A catalogue of parasitic lice from New Zealand. Fauna of New Zealand Ko te Aitanga Pepeke o Aotearoa. Number 76
The day Ricardo Palma began working together with Prof. Robert (Bob) Pilgrim in 1974 was an auspicious one for the taxonomy of lice of New Zealand. Ricardo accepted the position of curator at Te Papa Tongarewa two years later and, at about the time Bob retired in 1983, they divided their attentions, with Bob assuming primary responsibility for fleas and Ricardo taking on lice. They continued to collaborate on several taxonomic revisions and published a list of the lice infesting birds in New Zealand, but it was clear from this latter work that in the land of birds, there was a great deal still to do. The present catalogue, which includes 424 species and subspecies of lice in 101 genera, is the culmination of over 40 years of intensive study of this important group of ectoparasites.