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Tunga penetrans (Chigoe)

Synonyms: Rhynchoprion reptans
Language: Russian

Wikipedia Abstract

Tunga penetrans (chigoe flea or jigger) is a parasitic insect found in most tropical and sub-tropical climates. It is native to Central and South America, and has been inadvertently introduced by humans to sub-Saharan Africa. Synonyms for Tunga penetrans include Sarcopsylla penetrans, Pulex penetrates, and many others. In its parasitic phase it has significant impact on its host, which include humans and certain other mammalian species. A parasitical infestation of T. penetrans is called tungiasis.
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Parasite of 
Bos taurus indicus (aurochs)[1]
Canis lupus familiaris (domestic dog)[1]
Felis catus (Domestic Cat)[1]
Gorilla gorilla (gorilla)[2]
Homo sapiens (man)[1]
Lama glama guanicoe (guanaco)[1]
Myrmecophaga tridactyla (Giant Anteater)[1]
Ovis aries orientalis (mouflon)[1]
Pan troglodytes (chimpanzee)[2]
Sus scrofa (wild boar)[1]


Brazilian subregion, Amazonian subregion, Carribean subregion, Antillean, East-American subregion, West-American subregion; Paraguay, Guyana, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Jamaica, USA, Mexico (country);



Attributes / relations provided by
1International Flea Database
2Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
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