Glossary on Fleas

 
Ceratophyllidae - Ceratophyllus hirundinis female © Paul Leroy for microscopic mount, photography and determination

This glossary on fleas is sorted in alphabetical order. It will be enriched progressively. A link can be proposed to an illustration of the described word. Your propositions to correct or enrich this lexic are welcome !

Work in progress…

 

 

B

Bulga : basal part of the spermatheca, generally wider than the hilla.

C

Clasper : the modified tergum IX of the male, serving as a clasping organ during copulation. It is a very important organ for distinguishing the different species.

H

Hilla : terminal part of the spermatheca, generally thiner than the bulga.

S

Spermatheca : the sperm receptacle of the female mainly consisting of two parts the hilla and the bulga. It is a very important organ for distinguishing the different species.

 

If you are deeply interested in fleas, I recommand you the following books :

An Illustrated catalogue of the ROTHSCHILD COLLECTION OF FLEAS (SIPHONAPTERA) in the British Museum. Volume I. TUNGIDAE AND PULICIDAE.
Les puces (Siphonaptera) de France et du Bassin méditerranéen occidental