Pleochaetis exilis

Howell, Lindsey, Jelden, Katelyn, Rácz, Elizabeth, Gardner, Scott L. & Gettinger, Donald, 2016, Arthropods infesting small mammals (Insectivora and Rodentia) near Cedar Point Biological Station in southwestern Nebraska, Insecta Mundi 2016 (478), pp. 1-16: 5

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Pleochaetis exilis


Pleochaetis exilis   ( Jordan)

Type host: Onychomys leucogaster   from Powder River and Beaverhead Counties, Montana.

Deposition, host records, and locality: HWML 91991, O. leucogaster   /Grama Grass 2012; HWML 92013, Pm. leucopus   /Station Grounds 2013; HWML 92019, O. leucogaster   /Ackley 2013; HWML 92028, O. leucogaster   /Ackley 2013; HWML 101759, O. leucogaster   /Grama Grass 2013; HWML 101792, 101793, and 92055, O. leucogaster   /Grama Grass 2013.

Remarks: The primary host of P. exilis   is the grasshopper mouse, O. leucogaster   . It was the dominant flea collected from O. leucogaster   in New Mexico, and is thought to be quite specific to the grasshopper mouse ( Pfaffenberger and de Bruin 1986).


Howard W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology