The Fleas (Siphonaptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark

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BRILL, Jun 22, 2007 - Science - 185 pages
This book is the first comprehensive account on the flea fauna of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Totally 89 species/subspecies are treated of which 69 have been found in the region. The remainder are known from neighboring areas and may turn up. The introductory part gives a brief historical overview of the earliest literature on fleas and a more detailed account of the Scandinavian literature up to the present. This is followed by a discussion of flea-host associations in relation to distribution in a general and Scandinavian perspective. Other chapters deal with life history, medical importance, morphology and collecting/preservation of fleas, and are followed by a flea–host index. The systematic part, amply illustrated with Frans Smit’s outstanding line drawings, provides identification keys to adult fleas from family to subspecies. For each species/subspecies relevant available information on synonymy, identification, distribution, host relations and biology is given. The book concludes with a summary of the provincial distribution of fleas in Fennoscandia and Denmark, a bibliography and a taxonomic name index.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Sources and acknowledgements
2
Historical notes
3
Life history
5
Hostrelationships and distribution
7
Medical and veterinary importance
10
Parasites
14
Morphology
16
Order Siphonaptera
30
Superfamily Hystrichopsylloidea
31
Superfamily Ceratophylloidea
59
Superfamily Vermipsylloidea
134
Superfamily Pulicoidea
137
Catalogue
153
Literature
163
Hostflea index
177

Glossary
24
Abbreviations
29

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