Polygenis gwyni

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Polygenis gwyni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Siphonaptera
Family: Rhopanopsyllidae
Genus: Polygenis
Species: P. gwyni
Binomial name
Polygenis gwyni
(C. Fox, 1914)

Polygenis gwyni is a flea that commonly infects the hispid cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus) in the southern United States; it is also frequently found on other species ecologically associated with the cotton rat. Hosts recorded in South Carolina include the cotton rat as well as the Florida woodrat (Neotoma floridana), cotton mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus), marsh rice rat (Oryzomys palustris), and brown rat (Rattus norvegicus).[1]


  1. ^ Durden et al., 1999, p. 176

Literature cited[edit]

  • Durden, L.A., Wills, W. and Clark, K.L. 1999. The fleas (Siphonaptera) of South Carolina with an assessment of their vectorial importance. Journal of Vector Ecology 24(2):171–181.