Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The fauna of New Guinea in general is a fascinating one, not only because of its diversity and endemism, but by virtue of its importance in our understanding of zoogeography and evolution. This is particularly true of the Siphonaptera, and since the fleas of New Guinea have been relatively little known, this excellent opus is especially valuable. The review deals with all the relevant Siphonaptera reported or available to the author, namely 4 families, 22 genera (7 new to science), 58 species and subspecies (26 new species and 3 new subspecies), and includes a key to the genera, keys to the New Guinean species of 9 of these genera (the remainder being known only from a single species in New Guinea), illustrations of the major diagnostic features of the new taxa and for described forms not adequately figured heretofore, a host-parasite list, a chapter on zoogeography, a table showing distribution, and 41 bibliographic references.


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