Male flea, light micrograph

Male flea, light micrograph

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Caption: Male flea. Polarised light micrograph of the whole body of a male Pulex sp. flea. The head of the flea is at upper right, with a simple eye (ocellus), two antennae, and piercing, sucking mouthparts. The structures on the flea's body are called combs. They are protective and help movement up hairs. The third pair of legs (at the rear) have enlarged muscles enabling the flea to jump long distances relative to its size. The claws at the end of the legs help the flea cling to hairs. Magnification: x36 when printed at 10 centimetres across.

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