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Ceratophyllidae

Pronunciation: ser′ă-tō-fil′i-dē

Definition: A family of mammalian and axian fleas, many of which have a wide host range and serve as important vectors of plague, sustaining the infection among wild and domestic rodent hosts. Important genera include Nosopsyllus and Ceratophyllus.

[G. keras, horn, + phyllōdēs, like leaves]

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