Definition of Siphonaptera in English:


Line breaks: Si¦phon|aptera
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪfəˈnapt(ə)rə


  • An order of insects that comprises the fleas.
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    • Mecoptera and Siphonaptera represent two insect orders that have largely been overlooked in the study of insect vision.
    • Of the orders recorded with certainty for the first time from Tertiary beds, the Strepsiptera and Siphonaptera may have been relatively late developments, but the others were probably more ancient.
    • The name Siphonaptera is derived from the Greek words ‘siphon’ meaning a tube or pipe and ‘aptera’ meaning wingless.



noun & adjective
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  • Wright reported two species of ectoparasitic Acari and one siphonapteran collected from non-cave sites.
  • A classification of siphonapteran families is proposed on the basis of features of 50 structures of head, thorax, and abdomen.
  • We present data from a study of the long-wavelength opsin gene sampled across a range of mecopteran and siphonapteran taxa, which include fully visual insects and species with eyes reduced or absent.


modern Latin (plural), from Greek siphōn 'tube' + apteros 'wingless'.

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