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Table 1 Sampling frequencies and prevalences of cat and dog fleas (Ctenocephalides felis and C. canis) in selected invasive host species. Note that prevalence information was not available from all studies included in the database

From: Parasite spread at the domestic animal - wildlife interface: anthropogenic habitat use, phylogeny and body mass drive risk of cat and dog flea (Ctenocephalides spp.) infestation in wild mammals

Host species No. of studies that recorded prevalence (no. of countries) No. of individuals included in prevalence calculation Mean C. felis prevalence (range) (%) Mean C. canis prevalence (range) (%)
Felis catus (feral cat) 27 (18) 2974 32.3 (0–100) 1.3 (0–34.8)
Canis lupus (feral dog) 19 (16) 1941 17.1 (0–92.1) 3.5 (0–30.1)
Vulpes vulpes (red fox) 9 (8) 2118 15.9 (0–100) 11.5 (0–100)
Rattus rattus (black rat) 7 (6) 1327 1.4 (0–10.1) No prevalence information
Rattus norvegicus (brown rat) 4 (4) 1458 0.4 (0–1.0) No prevalence information
Oryctolagus cuniculus (European rabbit) 1 (1) 8 100 No prevalence information