Cediopsylla simplex is commonly known as the rabbit flea. It is a nidicolous ectoparasite of rabbits (Roberts and Janovy 1996). Various literature sources cite the cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) as a host (Rothschild and Ford 1972). These fleas require the rabbit hosts for many aspects of their survival. They feed on the blood of the rabbits, they live on them or in their nests, and most interestingly, they have adapted a sychronization of their reproductive cycle to that of their hosts.
Ecosystem Impact: parasite
Species Used as Host:
- rabbits, especially Sylvilagus floridanus