Siphonaptera


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Si·pho·nap·te·ra

(sī'fō-nap'tĕ-ră),
The fleas, an order of wingless insect ectoparasites highly adapted for survival in mammalian fur; they are flattened laterally, spined, and equipped with well-developed metathoracic legs for jumping.
[G. siphōn, tube, + G. a- priv. + pteron, wing]

Siphonaptera

(si?fo-nap'ter-a) [? + apteros, wingless]
An order of insects commonly called fleas. They are wingless, undergo complete metamorphosis, and have piercing and sucking mouth parts. The body is compressed laterally, and the legs are adapted for leaping. Fleas feed on the blood of birds and mammals. They transmit the causative organisms of several diseases (bubonic plague, endemic or murine typhus, and tularemia) and are also the intermediate hosts of certain tapeworms.
See: flea

Siphonaptera

see APHANIPTERA.

Siphonaptera

the order of fleas.
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Notes on the geographical distribution and host preferences in the order Siphonaptera.
Tungiasis, a parasitic skin disease that occurs in tropical countries, is caused by sand fleas of the genus Tunga (Insecta, Siphonaptera, Tungidae).
Mecoptera is paraphyletic: Multiple genes and phylogeny of Mecoptera and Siphonaptera.