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

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Megabothris asio (Baker)


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.


Howard W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology