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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Clave ilustrada para la identificacion de los taxones supraespecificos de Siphonaptera de Mexico.
Distribucion cliseral de los Siphonaptera del volcan Popocatepetl, su interpretacion biogeografica.
New species and records of Siphonaptera from Mexico.
Relaciones biogeograficas basadas en la distribucion de Siphonaptera (Insecta).
Nuevas citas de Siphonaptera (Rhopalopsyllidae; Hystrichopsyllidae) parasitos de roedores de la provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
penetrans (Insecta, Siphonaptera, Tungidae): taxonomy and genetic variability.
Los ejemplares representativos de los hospedadores y los Siphonaptera seran depositados en la Coleccion de la Catedra Diversidad Animal II de la Universidad de Catamarca (UNCa) y en la Coleccion de Anexos de la Coleccion Mamiferos Lillo, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e IML, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman (ACML).
About 33 102 parasites (9603 arthropods and 23 499 helminths) were recovered from these hosts and grouped in the taxa Siphonaptera, Phthiraptera, Acari, Digenea, Cestoda, Nematoda, and Acanthocephala.
Parasite species Host species SA OR OF ON AA DK Arthropods Insecta Siphonaptera, Rhopalopsyllidae Polygenis (Neopolygenis) atopus * * * * * (Jordan and Rothschild, 1922) Polygenis (Neopolygenis) * * massoiai Del Ponte, 1967 Polygenis (Neopolygenis) * * frustratus Johnson, 1957 Polygenis (Polygenis) rimatus * (Jordan, 1932) Polygenis (Polygenis) axius axius * * (Jordan and Rothschild, 1923) Polygenis (Polygenis) bohlsi bohlsi * * (Wagner, 1901) Polygenis sp.
Eckerlin (Northern Virginia Community College) on the 23 species of Siphonaptera known from Guatemala, all with host records.
El orden Siphonaptera presenta una amplia distribucion y en general las especies se encuentran en todos los lugares donde habitan sus hospedadores; sin embargo, los registros en la Patagonia austral son escasos (Autino y Lareschi, 1998).
Subclass Insecta Order Siphonaptera Family Rhopalopsyllidae Subfamily Rhopalopsyllinae