oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The South African species of the hirsuta-group of the genus Xenopsylla Glinkiewicz (Siphonaptera : Pulicidae)

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



During a revision of the slide-collection of Siphonaptera at the South African Institute for Medical Research, some problems arose about the identification of specimens of the hirsuta-group of Xenopsylla Glinkiewicz, 1907. By studying more extensive material (previously in alcohol) of most of the species concerned, it was possible to overcome some of the difficulties. Of the group, two excellent monographs are already available (Hopkins & Rotschild, 1953; de Meillon, Davis & Hardy, 1961). They were of the greatest assistance in preparing this paper and therefore descriptionptions could be less detailed, though the main features of each taxon are fully indicated.

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