Ctenophthalmus spp

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Adult Ctenophthalmus

Ctenophthalmus spp are a relatively uncommon parasitic flea which causes worry to cattle worldwide[1].

This flea ha been reported to be a vector for Mycoplasma spp protozoa in cattle[2].

Treatment is relatively effective with newer insecticides such as fipronil and ivermectin.


  1. Domínguez-Peñafiel G et al (2011) Prevalence of ectoparasitic arthropods on wild animals and cattle in the Las Merindades area (Burgos, Spain). Parasite 18(3):251-260
  2. Mediannikov O et al (2011) Bartonellae in animals and vectors in New Caledonia. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis 34(6):497-501