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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 95, No. 2, 2000, pp. 167-170
Bioline Code: oc00029
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 95, No. 2, 2000, pp. 167-170

 en Mepraia spinolai in the Southeastern Pacific Ocean Coast (Chile) - First Insular Record and Feeding Pattern on the Pan de Azúcar Island
Hernán Sagua Franco; Jorge Araya Rojas; Jorge González Cortes & Iván Neira Cortes


In a field collection performed at Pan de Azúcar Island in Northern Chile, 95 specimens representing all instars of Mepraia spinolai were collected. The intestinal contents of 55 specimens were examined for Trypanosoma cruzi infection and were found to be negative. This is the first record of an insular habitat for M. spinolai, where the insects had fed mainly on seabirds (78%), some on marine mammals (5%), and some on reptiles (7%).

Mepraia spinolai - insular habitat - blood meal - Chile

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