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Xenopsylla cheopis (oriental rat flea)

Synonyms: Alaopsylla murinus; Alaopsylla pachyuromyidis; Alaopsylla philippinensis; Alaopsylla tripolitanus; Xenopsylla cheopis cheopis
Language: French; Russian

Wikipedia Abstract

The Oriental rat flea (Xenopsylla cheopis), also known as the tropical rat flea, is a parasite of rodents, primarily of the genus Rattus, and is a primary vector for bubonic plague and murine typhus. This occurs when the flea has fed on an infected rodent, and then bites a human.
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Diet [1]  Carnivore

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Avon Gorge Woodlands 376 England, United Kingdom


Parasite of 
Acomys cahirinus (Spiny mouse)[2]
Aethomys chrysophilus (red rock rat)[2]
Aethomys kaiseri (Kaiser's rock rat)[2]
Allactaga elater (Five-toed jerboa)[3]
Allactaga tetradactyla (four-toed jerboa)[2]
Apodemus agrarius (Striped field mouse)[2]
Apodemus flavicollis (Yellow-necked mouse)[3]
Apodemus mystacinus (broad-toothed field mouse)[2]
Apodemus uralensis (Ural field mouse)[3]
Arvicanthis neumanni (Neumann's grass rat)[2]
Arvicanthis niloticus (Nile kusu)[2]
Arvicola amphibius (European water vole)[3]
Canis aureus (Golden Jackal)[2]
Canis lupus familiaris (domestic dog)[2]
Cricetulus barabensis (striped dwarf hamster)[2]
Cricetulus migratorius (gray dwarf hamster)[3]
Cricetus cricetus (black-bellied hamster)[3]
Crocidura olivieri (Olivier's shrew)[2]
Crocidura olivieri manni (Egyptian giant shrew)[2]
Dipodillus dasyurus (Wagner's gerbil)[2]
Falco tinnunculus (Eurasian Kestrel)[2]
Felis catus (Domestic Cat)[2]
Genetta genetta (Common Genet)[2]
Gerbillus gerbillus (lesser Egyptian gerbil)[2]
Hemiechinus auritus (Long-eared Hedgehog)[2]
Herpestes ichneumon (Egyptian Mongoose)[2]
Homo sapiens (man)[2]
Hystrix africaeaustralis (Cape porcupine)[2]
Isoodon macrourus (Northern Brown Bandicoot)[2]
Lemniscomys striatus (Typical striped grass mouse)[2]
Lepus capensis (Cape Hare)[2]
Macropus antilopinus (Antilopine Kangaroo)[2]
Macropus bernardus (Woodward's Wallaroo)[2]
Mastomys natalensis (Hildebrandt's multimammate mouse)[2]
Melomys burtoni (grassland mosaic-tailed rat)[2]
Meriones persicus (Persian jird)[3]
Meriones shawi (Shaw's jird)[2]
Meriones tristrami (Tristram's jird)[2]
Microtus arvalis (common vole)[3]
Microtus oeconomus (tundra vole)[3]
Mus booduga (little Indian field mouse)[2]
Mus musculus (house mouse)[2]
Mustela nivalis (Least Weasel)[2]
Myodes glareolus (Bank vole)[3]
Myomyscus yemeni (Yemen soft-furred rat)[2]
Nephelomys albigularis (Tomes's rice rat)[2]
Nesokia indica (short-tailed bandicoot rat)[2]
Niviventer confucianus (Chinese white-bellied rat)[2]
Nycteris hispida (hairy slit-faced bat)[2]
Oenanthe isabellina (Isabelline Wheatear)[2]
Oryctolagus cuniculus (European Rabbit)[2]
Pipistrellus kuhlii (Kuhl's pipistrelle)[2]
Praomys albipes <Unverified Name>[2]
Psammomys obesus (fat sand rat)[2]
Rattus exulans (Polynesian rat)[2]
Rattus fulvescens[2]
Rattus losea (lesser rice-field rat)[2]
Rattus norvegicus (Norway rat)[2]
Rattus rattus (black rat)[2]
Sigmodon hispidus (hispid cotton rat)[2]
Sorex araneus (Eurasian shrew)[3]
Spermophilus dauricus (Daurian ground squirrel)[2]
Suncus murinus (Asian House Shrew)[2]
Sylvilagus bachmani (Brush Rabbit)[2]
Tachyoryctes splendens (east African mole rat)[2]
Taphozous perforatus (Egyptian tomb bat)[2]
Taterillus emini (Emin's gerbil)[2]
Vulpes zerda (Fennec Fox)[2]
Xerus rutilus (unstriped ground squirrel)[2]


Parasitized by 
Hymenolepis fraterna <Unverified Name>[4]
Mastophorus muris[4]
Trichinella spiralis (pork worm)[4]





Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2International Flea Database
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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