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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 97, No. 2, 2002, pp. 285-287
Bioline Code: oc02055
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 97, No. 2, 2002, pp. 285-287

 en Abundance of Mepraia spinolai check for this species in other resources in a Periurban Zone of Chile
Pedro E Cattan; Algélica Pinochet; Carezza Botto-Mahan; Mariana I Acuña & Mauricio Canals

Abstract

Mepraia spinolai check for this species in other resources is a silvatic species of Triatominae which prefers microhabitats near to or in rock piles. It is also able to maintain similar or higher size populations near houses. The density of bugs in quarries near Santiago, Chile, differed within microhabitats and varied significantly within sites according to season. M. spinolai was not found in sites characterized by human perturbation of quarries. Our results confirm M. spinolai as a silvatic triatomine whose importance as a vector of Chagras disease will depend on contact with humans. This could occur if the habitats where populations of this species are found become exploited for the building of urban areas.

Keywords
Mepraia spinolai check for this species in other resources - relative abundance - population density - Chagras disease - Chile

 
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