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Family Leptopsyllidae

Hystrichopsylla schefferi - Dolichopsyllus stylosus Hystrichopsylla schefferi - Dolichopsyllus stylosus Hystrichopsylla schefferi - Dolichopsyllus stylosus Hystrichopsylla schefferi - Dolichopsyllus stylosus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Siphonaptera (Fleas)
Family Leptopsyllidae
Explanation of Names
Leptopsyllidae Rothschild & Jordan 1915
Numbers
17 species in 7 genera in our area, 235 spp. in 30 genera total
Range
primarily Palaearctic (90% of world spp.), with some representation in NA and the Old World tropics
Food
hosts: This family appears to have been initially associated, besides Aplodontidae, also with Ctenodactylidae and Dipodidae, which have existed since Early Eocene. The subsequent distribution of the family resulted from their coevolution with Cricetidae (which appeared early in Oligocene) and later with Muridae (since Pleistocene).