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An Apparatus for Observations on the Feeding Mechanism of the Flea

Naturevolume 192pages998999 (1961) | Download Citation



SEVERAL types of feeding chambers have been devised1 for in vivo observations on the feeding mechanism of blood-sucking arthropods, but these chambers, designed to accommodate relatively large creatures (triatomine bugs, tsetse flies and ticks), have proved to be unsuitable for small insects and acarines, such as fleas, lice and mites. Our interest in the mechanism of disease transmission by the flea led us to construct a small feeding apparatus by means of which we have been able to undertake extensive observations on the uptake of blood by this insect from the tissues of its host.

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    Lavoipierre, M. M. J., Dickerson, G., and Gordon, R. M., Ann. Trop. Med. Parasitol., 53, 235 (1959). Gregson, J. D., Acta Trop., Basel, 17, 48 (1960).

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    Griffiths, R. B., and Gordon, R. M., Ann. Trop. Med. Parasitol., 46, 311 (1953).

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    Wenk, P., Zool. Jb., 73, 103 (1953).

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  1. George Williams Hooper Foundation, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco

  2. Permanente Medical Group, Richmond, California

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