Aphropsylla conversa ( Jordan & Rothschild, 1913 ),

Hastriter, Michael, 2009, A description of four new species of fleas (Insecta, Siphonaptera) from Angola, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, and Peru, ZooKeys 8 (8), pp. 39-61: 42-44

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http://doi.org/ 10.3897/zookeys.8.82

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3792414

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scientific name

Aphropsylla conversa ( Jordan & Rothschild, 1913 )
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Aphropsylla conversa ( Jordan & Rothschild, 1913) 

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Ctenocephalus conversus  Jordan & Rothschild. 1913. Novitates Zoologicae, 20:231-232.

Aphropsylla conversus  Jordan. 1932:292-293; Hopkins. 1947:152.

Aphropsylla conversa Hopkins & Rothschild. 1953:133  ; Cheetham. 1988:35; Beaucournu. 2004:190.

Material Examined. Holotype ♁, Kenya: Mutaragwa , Aberdare Range, [̴ 0°08’S, 36°07’E], ex. Lophuromys testudo  = Lophiomys imhausi Milne-Edwards  , 15 III 1910,GoogleMaps 

Robin Kemp (BMNH); “neallotype” ♀, same data as holotype except ex. Dendrohyrax crawshayi  = Dendrohyrax arboreus (A. Smith)  , 17 III 1910 ( BMNH); paratype ♁, same data as holotype except Genetta stuhlmanni Mataschie  = Genetta maculata (Gray)  , 23 III 1910, Robin Kemp ( BMNH); 5 ♁, 4♀, Uganda: Bumagabula , foot of Butandiga [̴ 1°10’N, 34°22’E], west side of Mt. Elgon, 2135 m elev., ex. “on man (acc.)”, 22 II 1961, A.W. R. McCrae ( BMNH)GoogleMaps  .

New Records. Uganda: nr Bumagabula , foot of Butandiga [̴ 1°10’N, 34°22’E], west side of Mt. Elgon, 2135 m elev., ex. “on man (acc.)”, 20 II 1961, A.W. R. McCrae (British Museum Reg. No. 1961-684), 5 ♁, 4♀ ( BMNH)GoogleMaps  .

Remarks. When Jordan and Rothschild described this species, they erroneously labeled one female (same data as holotype) as a “neallotype”. It is presumed they ment “ allotype ” and not “neallotype” or neoallotype. Host preferences for this species of Aphropsylla  are virtually unknown since only a single specimen had been collected from each of the three known host species (other than man). Genetta maculata  , a small agile

and scansorial carnivore, is certainly an accidental host, likely infested with one specimen correlated with the host’s carnivorous habits. Lophiomys imhausi  and D. arboreus  are both herbivores. Although the latter is arboreal, the single specimen recorded from it is also likely accidental. Th e label data for the nine specimens reported here, all indicate that the host was “on man” and it is presumed that the collector (or labeler) assumed man was an “acc. =?accidental” host. Unfortunately, the circumstances are not known surrounding the collection of no less than nine specimens from a human. There was surely some intimate contact with a bird or mammal nest by the “human host”. Th e fact that a sizable series of the new species described below was collected from bird nests (and not from a mammal per se) might suggest that the genus has close evolutionary affi nities to avian hosts.

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Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Chile

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Siphonaptera

Family

Pulicidae

Genus

Aphropsylla

Loc

Aphropsylla conversa ( Jordan & Rothschild, 1913 )

Hastriter, Michael 2009
2009
Loc

Ctenocephalus conversus

Ctenocephalus conversus Jordan & Rothschild. 1913. Novitates Zoologicae, 20:231-232.
Loc

Aphropsylla conversus

Aphropsylla conversus Jordan . 1932:292-293
Hopkins. 1947:152
Loc

Aphropsylla conversa

Aphropsylla conversa Hopkins & Rothschild. 1953:133
Cheetham. 1988:35
Beaucournu. 2004:190