oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on Siphonaptera
|Article Title||Notes on Siphonaptera|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Jan 2001|
|Pages||33 - 36|
|Keyword(s)||Ansorgei katanganus, C. smithersi, Cabirus, Cophurus, Ctenophthalmus calceatus, Debrauweri, Illustrations and Siphonaptera|
Ctenophthalmus is represented by a solitary species, calceatus, in South Africa, whereas the genus is very rich in Central Africa. One might infer from this that it is a tropical genus were it not that it is well represented in the Palaearctic Region. In South Africa calceatus is rare, but widely distributed. This distribution is largely confined to the eastern half of Southern Africa and it may be that it is high rainfall and not temperature that favours the genus.
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