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Pulex irritans (human flea)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The human flea (Pulex irritans) is a cosmopolitan flea species that has, in spite of the common name, a wide host spectrum. It is one of six species in the genus Pulex; the other five are all confined to the Nearctic and Neotropical regions. The species is thought to have originated in South America, where its original host may have been the guinea pig or peccary.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Carlsbad Caverns National Park II 15448 New Mexico, United States



Parasitized by 
Rodentolepis fraterna[3]

External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
1International Flea Database
2Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0