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Family Pulicidae

Cat flea? - Ctenocephalides felis Dog Flea - Ctenocephalides canis Flea off of one my cats - Ctenocephalides felis cat flea - Ctenocephalides felis Flea off of one my cats - Ctenocephalides felis Echidnophaga gallinacea? Cat flea larva - Ctenocephalides felis Flea - Ctenocephalides
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Siphonaptera (Fleas)
Family Pulicidae
Numbers
19 species in 11 genera in North America (nearctica.com)
Size
1 to 2.5 mm
Identification
one row of bristles on each abdominal segment
Range
cosmopolitan
Remarks
Most of the species that attack humans and domestic animals are found in this family. Includes the Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla cheopis), Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis), Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis), and Human Flea (Pulex irritans) - all of which may bite humans.
See the Siphonaptera page for general information and references on fleas.
Internet References
preserved adult images of Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla cheopis) and Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis) plus classification and references (David Maddison, Tree of Life)