Nosopsyllus fasciatus

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Also known as: Northern rat flea

Nosopsyllus fasciatus
Class Insecta
Order Siphonaptera
Family Ceratophyllidae
Species Nosopsyllus fasciatus


Rats, mice, and humans.


N. fasciatus is of the family ceratophyllidae. It has 18-20 spines in pronotal ctenidium, but genal ctenidium are absent. It has an elongated body, with 3-4mm in length.

See general flea structure.

Life Cycle

The female lays eggs, which quickly hatch and develop into larvae. The larval stages only occur on the nest, or in the burrow. There are three larval stages in total. They then pupate and later develop into mature adults.

See general flea life cycle.

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Taylor, M.A, Coop, R.L., Wall,R.L. (2007) Veterinary Parasitology Blackwell Publishing

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