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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 100, No. 8, 2005, pp. 915-923
Bioline Code: oc05183
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 100, No. 8, 2005, pp. 915-923

 en Morphobiological aspects of Rhodnius brethesi check for this species in other resources Matta, 1919 (Hemiptera:Reduviidae) from the Upper and Middle Negro River, Amazon region of Brazil. I - Scanning electron microscopy
Jacenir Reis dos Santos-Mallet; Angela Cristina Verissimo Junqueira; Carlos José de Carvalho Moreira; Zelia Andrade; José Rodrigues Coura & Teresa Cristina Monte Gonçalves


The occurrence of autochthonous cases of Chagas disease in the Amazon region of Brazil over recent decades has motivated an intensification of studies in this area. Different species of triatomines have been identified, and ten of these have be proven to be carriers of the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi check for this species in other resources or "cruzi-like" parasites. Studies conducted in the municipalities of Santa Isabel do Rio Negro and Barcelos, located on the Upper and Middle of the Negro River, microregion of Negro River, state of Amazonas have confirmed not only that Rhodnius brethesi check for this species in other resources is present in the palm tree Leopoldinia piassaba check for this species in other resources , but also that this insect was recognized by palm fiber collectors. A morphological study of eyes, inter-ocular and inter-ocellar regions, antennae, buccula, labrum, rostrum, stridulatory sulcus and feet, including the apex of the tibia, spongy fossette and ctenidium was conducted by scanning electron microscopy. The buccula and the stridulatory sulcus presented notable differences in specimens of different genera and also of different species. These data make it possible to suggest that the details presented in these structures can be included as diagnostic characteristics to be used in new dichotomous keys, thereby contributing towards studies of taxonomy and systematics and furnishing backing for comparative analysis of specimens collected from different localities.

Rhodnius brethesi - external morphology - taxonomy - scanning electron microscopy - Amazon region - Brazil

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