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Discussion on Parasites of Bats (S102a: 1864)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Untitled description of discussion at the 4 July 1864 meeting of the Entomological Society of London, printed later that year on page 32 of the Society's Journal of Proceedings series. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S102A.htm

    Prof. Westwood directed attention to a paper in the second part of the 'Horæ Societatis Entomologicæ Rossicæ' on the parasites of bats: not only were several species of Pulicidæ and of Nycteribia enumerated, but also species allied to the latter, yet differing so much in structure as to necessitate the creation of new genera (or sub-genera); he might remind the members present of the extraordinary mode of transformation of Nycteribia, the larva state being passed within the egg, which was not extruded from the body of the female until after the pupa state had commenced.

    Mr. A. R. Wallace mentioned that he had found Nycteribiæ in the tropics, but not in large numbers, though probably a sufficient examination would show that each species of bat was infested with its own peculiar species of Nycteribia.

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