Apr 242015

If I were a baby mole, I think this flea, named Hystricopsylla talpae talpae by scientists, would be for me worse than the Alien of the famous film. This is probably the biggest European flea, and the paradox is that it is a pest found on micromammals!

It reminds me a book : Micromammals & Macroparasites !
Micromammals and Macroparasites: From Evolutionary Ecology to Management


This flea can be commonly named the mole flea. It belongs to the family of Hystrichopsyllidae.

Synonymy :

  • Pulex talpae
  • Pulex terrestris
  • Pulex obtusiceps…

Hosts :

  • Primary host : Microtus agrestis, M. arvalis, M. incertus, Pitymys subterraneus, P. multiplex, P. savii,…
  • Secondary host : Arvicola sapidus, Sorex araneus, S. coronatus, Apodemus sylvaticus, Crocidura russula,…
  • Occasionnal host : Eliomys quercinus, Galemys pyrenaicus, Rattus norvegicus.

Here are two photos of this monster ! I wish I were not a mole !


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