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Gunvor Brinck-Lindroth and Smit

This book is the first comprehensive account on the flea fauna of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Totally 89 species/subspecies are treated of which 69 have been found in the region. The remainder are known from neighboring areas and may turn up.
The introductory part gives a brief historical overview of the earliest literature on fleas and a more detailed account of the Scandinavian literature up to the present. This is followed by a discussion of flea-host associations in relation to distribution in a general and Scandinavian perspective. Other chapters deal with life history, medical importance, morphology and collecting/preservation of fleas, and are followed by a flea–host index.
The systematic part, amply illustrated with Frans Smit’s outstanding line drawings, provides identification keys to adult fleas from family to subspecies. For each species/subspecies relevant available information on synonymy, identification, distribution, host relations and biology is given. The book concludes with a summary of the provincial distribution of fleas in Fennoscandia and Denmark, a bibliography and a taxonomic name index.
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Gunvor Brinck-Lindroth

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The Soricid flea Falaeopsylla soricis (Dale, I878) and the Microtine flea Malaraeus penicilliger (Grube, I85I) have both been split into several subspecies, some of which occur in Fennoscandia. Their status and supposed immigration routes to the Scandinavian Peninsula in relation to their host animals are discussed and their distribution in this area is recorded.

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Gunvor Brinck-Lindroth

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The Microtinae flea Amalaraeus penicilliger is represented by four subspecies in Europe. The differentiating characters of the males are described and their relationships studied. The origin and supposed dispersal in relation to Pleistocene Glaciation and the mammalian host species are discussed. A. p. pyrenaicus ssp.n., the fourth European subspecies, is described.