Siphonaptera

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Last Updated: 08 May 2022

Previous research has shown less host-specific ectoparasites on woodrats of the eastern United States as contrasted to western woodrat species. The Allegheny woodrat is a variety of preservation problem that is connected with rocky environments in the Appalachian and Interior Highland areas in the eastern United States. We took a look at Allegheny woodrat flea parasites in the core of the distribution to further clarify patterns of ectoparasite host uniqueness in woodrats of the eastern United States. Unlike the eastern woodrat, which organizes a selection of generalist flea bloodsuckers, Allegheny woodrats in our research were host to only 2 flea varieties, both of which are host specific to woodrats.

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