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Plague Flea - Xenopsylla cheopis Description: Female rat flea. The dark squiggle near the end of the abdomen is a spermatheca, which tells us this is a female. Males would have a penis rod instead. Sadly, this girl has lost most of her legs.<br />
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Fleas are definite parasites, and this species is no exception. It is a parasite of rodents and is the primary vector of bubonic plague and murine typhus.<br />
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Fun fact:  Fleas can jump tp to 200 times their own body length.<br />
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Plague Flea - Xenopsylla cheopis

Description: Female rat flea. The dark squiggle near the end of the abdomen is a spermatheca, which tells us this is a female. Males would have a penis rod instead. Sadly, this girl has lost most of her legs.

Fleas are definite parasites, and this species is no exception. It is a parasite of rodents and is the primary vector of bubonic plague and murine typhus.

Fun fact: Fleas can jump tp to 200 times their own body length.

*Whole mount microscope slide

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The Oriental rat flea , also known as the tropical rat flea, is a parasite of rodents, primarily of the genus ''Rattus'', and is a primary vector for bubonic plague and murine typhus. This occurs when a flea that has fed on an infected rodent bites a human, although this flea can live on any warm blooded mammal.

Similar species: Siphonaptera
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Apr 16, 2021. Captured in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.