Megabothris asio (Baker)

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: 6

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5170591

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:B7E405E4-1ED7-477F-926E-C8A6FDB7FB1D

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/EE4F8799-893B-EF22-FF41-D4DFADD0FBE7

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Megabothris asio (Baker)
status

 

Megabothris asio (Baker)  

Type host: Megascops asio (Linnaeus, 1758)   from Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.

Deposition, host records, and locality: HWML 101658, M. ochrogaster   /Station Grounds 2012; HWML 101811, 101812, 101813, and 101817, M. ochrogaster   /Station Grounds 2013.

Remarks: This is a common flea of the meadow vole, M. pennsylvanicus   , in eastern North America. Although this flea has been reported from M. ochrogaster   in Illinois ( Verts 1961), this is not a common association, so these are important new records. Wilson (1961), collecting from M. pennsylvanicus   , makes it clear that M. asio   is a nest flea, rarely found in high numbers on the body of the host. Megabothris asio   was the only flea collected from voles.

HWML

Howard W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology