The Uninta ground squirrel, Spermophilus armatus Kennicott, is the most abundant diurnal rodent in the Wasatch Mountains at the 7,000-9,000 foot level particularly in the campgrounds and picnic areas. Contact between man and the Uninta ground squirrel may be hazardous inasmuch as the causative agent of plague has been isolated from S. armatus and its flea parasites (Public Health Reports, 1937, 1938a, 1938b; Meyer, 1938; Byington, 1940; Allred, 1951; and Beck, 1955). Since these fleas are vectors of sylvatic plague and potential vectors of human plague, detailed knowledge about their population dynamics is desirable.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Anderson, Dennis I., "Population dynamics of fleas (siphonaptera) on the Uinta ground squirrel, spermophilus armatus kennicott" (1972). Theses and Dissertations. 7613.