oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Morphological anomalies In fleas (Siphonaptera)

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



A number of interesting anomalies were encountered while making a survey of fleas of Ireland during the years 1963 and 1964. These are descriptionbed below. Although Smit (1947), who first published a paper concerning abnormal fleas, indicated the value to teratologists of studying flea monstrosities and also showed that systematics and phylogeny could gain from observation of abnormally developed specimens, few papers have so far been devoted to this subject.

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