Swallow Nest Flea

Ceratophyllus arcuegens

General Status Rank: 
Undetermined
Common Name: 
Swallow Nest Flea
Scientific Name: 
Ceratophyllus arcuegens
Taxonomy
Group: 
Flea
Kingdom: 
Animalia
Phylum: 
Arthropoda
Class: 
Insecta
Order: 
Siphonaptera
Family: 
Ceratophyllidae
Distribution

Number of Occurrences

Data deficient. This flea is found in the nests of cliff swallows, sometimes in large numbers. This flea is known from only one location in the territory, Aklavik. There are recent concerns over the apparent declines in populations of aerial insectivores, and there are reports that cliff swallow populations may be declining at about 3% per year. More data are needed before an accurate rank can be assigned to this flea in NT. This flea is also present in YT and northern BC.
Score: 
A
References: 
General Status Rank
Rank: 
Undetermined
Status Rank Description: 
Data deficient. This flea is found in the nests of cliff swallows, sometimes in large numbers. This flea is known from only one location in the territory, Aklavik. There are recent concerns over the apparent declines in populations of aerial insectivores, and there are reports that cliff swallow populations may be declining at about 3% per year. More data are needed before an accurate rank can be assigned to this flea in NT. This flea is also present in YT and northern BC.
Decision Process Description: 
Draft ranks by T.D. Galloway (2017) based on literature and expert opinion.
Last Updated: 
September 28, 2017

References

Number of Occurrences

  • Galloway T.D. (2017) In email from Hébert, R., GS fleas NT sent to S Carriere on 18/07/2017. DIIMS - H2017001 Return