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Although there are >2,200 species of flea parasites recognized worldwide, only a few species commonly infest cats and responsible for diseases such as flea allergy dermatitis and flea tapeworm infestation.

  • Ctenocephalides felis felis (Cat flea)[1]
  • Ctenocephalides felis orientis (Asian cat flea)[2]
  • Ctenocephalides felis strongylus (Cattle flea)[3]
  • Ctenocephalides canis (Dog flea)
  • Ctenocephalides damarensis (Asian cat flea)[4]
  • Pulex irritans
  • Pulex simulans (a flea of small mammals)
  • Echidnophaga gallinacea (Poultry sticktight flea).

See also


  1. Tancredi MG et al (2009) Comparative efficacy of two topical formulations containing 10% fipronil on the control of Ctenocephalides felis felis on cats. Rev Bras Parasitol Vet 18(4):74-77
  2. Suntsov VV et al (1992) Notes on fleas (Siphonaptera) in plague foci on the Tay Nguyen plateau (Vietnam). Parazitologiia 26(6):516-520
  3. Kaal JF et al (2006) Epidemiology of flea infestation of ruminants in Libya. Vet Parasitol 141(3-4):313-318
  4. Ménier K & Beaucournu JC (1998) Taxonomic study of the genus Ctenocephalides Stiles & Collins, 1930 (Insecta: Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) by using aedeagus characters. J Med Entomol 35(5)':883-890