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A molecular phylogeny of fleas (Insecta: Siphonaptera): origins and host associations
Siphonaptera (fleas) is a highly specialized order of holometabolous insects comprising ∼2500 species placed in 16 families. Despite a long history of extensive work on flea classification andExpand
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The arthropod, but not the vertebrate host or its environment, dictates bacterial community composition of fleas and ticks
Bacterial community composition in blood-sucking arthropods can shift dramatically across time and space. We used 16S rRNA gene amplification and pyrosequencing to investigate the relative impact ofExpand
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Fleas (Siphonaptera) are Cretaceous, and evolved with Theria.
Fleas (order Siphonaptera) are highly-specialized, diverse blood-feeding ectoparasites of mammals and birds with an enigmatic evolutionary history and obscure origin. We here present a molecularExpand
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Associations between innate immune function and ectoparasites in wild rodent hosts
Immune function is an important component of host fitness, and high investment in immunity should occur when the benefits outweigh the costs, such as when risk of parasitism is high. We sampled twoExpand
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ABSTRACT Results, of a survey of fleas on small rodents of southern Israel conducted from 1992 to 1998 are presented. From 18 localities, 14 rodent species were sampled, yielding 14 species of fleas.Expand
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A Description of Two New Species of Ectinorus (Siphonaptera: Rhopalopsyllidae) from Laguna Blanca National Park, Neuquén Province, Argentina
Abstract Two new species of rhopalopsyllid fleas: Ectinorus lareschiae, n. sp. and Ectinorus morenoi, n. sp. are described from Laguna Blanca National Park, Neuquén Province, Argentina. EctinorusExpand
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