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Flea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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** Flea **

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For other uses, see Flea (disambiguation).

Fleas
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Scanning electron microscope (SEM) depiction of a flea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: *Siphonaptera*
Latreille, 1825
Suborders
Ceratophyllomorpha
Hystrichopsyllomorpha
Pulicomorpha
Pygiopsyllomorpha

Synonyms
Aphaniptera

*Fleas* are the insects forming the order *Siphonaptera*. They are
wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood.
Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of
mammals and birds.

Some flea species include:

· Cat flea (/Ctenocephalides felis/)
· Dog flea (/Ctenocephalides canis/)
· Human flea (/Pulex irritans/)
· Moorhen flea (/Dasypsyllus gallinulae/)
· Northern rat flea (/Nosopsyllus fasciatus/)
· Oriental rat flea (/Xenopsylla cheopis/)

Over 2,000 species have been described worldwide.^[2]

*Contents*

· 1 Morphology and behavior
· 2 Life cycle and habitat
· 3 Classification
· 4 Relationship with host

· 4.1 Direct effects of bites
· 4.2 As a vector

· 5 Flea treatments

· 5.1 For humans
· 5.2 For pets
· 5.3 For the home

· 6 See also
· 7 References
· 8 External links

*Morphology and behavior[edit]*

Diagram of a Flea

Fleas are wingless insects (1/16 to 1/8-inch (1.5 to 3.3 mm) long) that
are agile, usually dark colored (for example, the reddish-brown of the cat
flea), with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their
hosts. Their legs are long, the hind pair well adapted for jumping: a flea
can jump vertically up to 7 inches (18 cm) and horizontally up to
13 inches (33 cm),^[3] making the flea one of the best jumpers


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flea

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