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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 102, No. 1, 2007, pp. 1-12
Bioline Code: oc07001
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 102, No. 1, 2007, pp. 1-12

 en Lutzomyia longipalpis check for this species in other resources in Brazil: a complex or a single species? A mini-review
Bauzer, Luiz GSR; Souza, Nataly A; Maingon, Rhayza DC & Peixoto, Alexandre A

Abstract

Lutzomyia longipalpis check for this species in other resources is the main vector of Leishmania infantum chagasi check for this species in other resources , the causative agent of American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL). Although there is strong evidence that Lu. longipalpis is a species complex, not all data concerning populations from Brazil support this hypothesis. The issue is still somewhat controversial for this large part of Lu. longipalpis distribution range even though that it is the Latin American region contributing to most of the cases of AVL. In this mini-review we consider in detail the current data for the Brazilian populations and conclude that Lu. longipalpis is a complex of incipient vector species with a complexity similar to Anopheles gambiae check for this species in other resources s.s. in Africa.

Keywords
visceral leishmaniasis - sand flies - Lutzomyia longipalpis species complex - introgression - Brazil

 
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