- A genus of fleas found in temperate climates, including species parasitic to birds and small mammals.
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An unwieldy genus (Ceratophyllus) comprises many species of different flea.
Dr Dampf introduced a number of common bird-fleas (Ceratophyllus gallin) of both sexes to some hairy caterpillars.
Among the commonest fowl-fleas which bite man are Ceratophyllus gallin and C. gallinul.
The European rat-flea (Ceratophyllus fasciatus) seems to be quite as readily able to transmit plague as the oriental insect.
Thus, temperature greatly influences the duration of the pupal period, which in Ceratophyllus fasciatus averages seventeen days.Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley