Oct 052015

My friend Paul told me that a cat without fleas does not exist ! I am quite ready to follow him on that. But could we say the same for lice ? Personnaly I admit that I have never seen any louse in a cat fur. Anyway our dear cats have actually their lice, like we humans have ours…

I am pretty sure that you have never seen them, at least such big ones ! Anyway, this Felicola subrostratus species is petty much illustrated on Google image. On that specific topic I will not bring a brand new iconography to the net, but the photos are worth seeing, with the sexual dimorphism… You will now have an example of a male and a female to distinguish them, if you happen to find some in your cat fur !

This species is belonging to the Trichodectidae family. It is yellowish, with brown transverse bands, with a head subtriangular, and antennae have three segments. It is around 1mm in length. It might be present all around the world probably due to the release of the domestic cat.

Do not hesitate to submit us your cat lice (in alcool of course, otherwise it could infest the bloody Garfield which is always rummaging about in my compost !).

Many thanks again to Paul for these outstanding photos (and outstanding microscopic mounts).

Cheers !


May 272015

Chaetopsylla trichosa is a member of the Vermipsyllidae and can be found on badgers (Meles meles) and fox (Vulpes vulpes). It is never abundant on its hosts, as compared to Chaetopsylla globiceps or Chaetopsylla homoea. It is rare or absent on mountains, it prefers low altitude. Strange ? Don’t you think so ?

This species is very widely spread, all over the Palearctic region, till China ! Anyway it seems very specific, as found only on badgers, fox and occasionally on weasels (Martes foina), according to Professor Beaucournu.

According to Amoret P. Whitaker, it was only once found in British Isles. If you happen to found some in Great Britain, please let us know !

I thank again my friend Paul Leroy for the two photos, the male and the female.

If you know something particular about this species, I would be very grateful to get your information.