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Fleas parasitizing domestic dogs in Georgia, USA: species composition and seasonal abundance.
Vet Parasitol. 2005 Jun 10; 130(1-2):157-62.VP

Abstract

Monthly flea collections were made from domestic dogs in Bulloch County, Georgia, USA from September 1996 to August 2004. A total of 2518 fleas belonging to 8 species were collected. The most common flea was the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis (389 males and 1148 females), followed by the dog flea, Ctenocephalides canis (250 males and 285 females), a generalist/carnivore flea, Pulex simulans (106 males and 213 females), and a sticktight flea, Echidnophaga gallinacea (3 males and 89 females). Small numbers of rabbit-associated fleas (25 Cediopsylla simplex and 6 Odontopsyllus multispinosus) and rodent-associated fleas (3 Orchopeas howardi and 1 Polygenis gwyni), suggested that certain dogs had acquired these particular ectoparasites through hunting activities. Sex ratios of each of the five most frequently collected flea species were female-biased. Seasonally, C. felis, C. canis, and P. simulans, all showed distinct abundance peaks in late summer or autumn.

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Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8042, Statesboro, GA 30460, USA. ldurden@georgiasouthern.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15893082

Citation

Durden, Lance A., et al. "Fleas Parasitizing Domestic Dogs in Georgia, USA: Species Composition and Seasonal Abundance." Veterinary Parasitology, vol. 130, no. 1-2, 2005, pp. 157-62.
Durden LA, Judy TN, Martin JE, et al. Fleas parasitizing domestic dogs in Georgia, USA: species composition and seasonal abundance. Vet Parasitol. 2005;130(1-2):157-62.
Durden, L. A., Judy, T. N., Martin, J. E., & Spedding, L. S. (2005). Fleas parasitizing domestic dogs in Georgia, USA: species composition and seasonal abundance. Veterinary Parasitology, 130(1-2), 157-62.
Durden LA, et al. Fleas Parasitizing Domestic Dogs in Georgia, USA: Species Composition and Seasonal Abundance. Vet Parasitol. 2005 Jun 10;130(1-2):157-62. PubMed PMID: 15893082.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Fleas parasitizing domestic dogs in Georgia, USA: species composition and seasonal abundance. AU - Durden,Lance A, AU - Judy,Todd N, AU - Martin,Joy E, AU - Spedding,Lindsey S, Y1 - 2005/04/14/ PY - 2005/03/10/accepted PY - 2005/5/17/pubmed PY - 2005/7/27/medline PY - 2005/5/17/entrez SP - 157 EP - 62 JF - Veterinary parasitology JO - Vet Parasitol VL - 130 IS - 1-2 N2 - Monthly flea collections were made from domestic dogs in Bulloch County, Georgia, USA from September 1996 to August 2004. A total of 2518 fleas belonging to 8 species were collected. The most common flea was the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis (389 males and 1148 females), followed by the dog flea, Ctenocephalides canis (250 males and 285 females), a generalist/carnivore flea, Pulex simulans (106 males and 213 females), and a sticktight flea, Echidnophaga gallinacea (3 males and 89 females). Small numbers of rabbit-associated fleas (25 Cediopsylla simplex and 6 Odontopsyllus multispinosus) and rodent-associated fleas (3 Orchopeas howardi and 1 Polygenis gwyni), suggested that certain dogs had acquired these particular ectoparasites through hunting activities. Sex ratios of each of the five most frequently collected flea species were female-biased. Seasonally, C. felis, C. canis, and P. simulans, all showed distinct abundance peaks in late summer or autumn. SN - 0304-4017 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15893082/Fleas_parasitizing_domestic_dogs_in_Georgia_USA:_species_composition_and_seasonal_abundance_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0304-4017(05)00119-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -