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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 103, No. 7, 2008, pp. 690-695
Bioline Code: oc08125
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 103, No. 7, 2008, pp. 690-695

 en Life cycle, feeding and defecation patterns of Rhodnius ecuadoriensis check for this species in other resources (Lent & León 1958) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae) under laboratory conditions
Villacís, Anita G; Arcos-Terán, Laura & Grijalva, Mario J


Rhodnius ecuadoriensis check for this species in other resources is the second most important vector of Chagas Disease (CD) in Ecuador. The objective of this study was to describe (and compare) the life cycle, the feeding and defecation patterns under laboratory conditions of two populations of this specie [from the provinces of Manabí (Coastal region) and Loja (Andean region)]. Egg-to-adult (n = 57) development took an average of 189.9 ± 20 (Manabí) and 181.3 ± 6.4 days (Loja). Mortality rates were high among Lojan nymphs. Pre-feeding time (from contact with host to feeding initiation) ranged from 4 min 42 s [nymph I (NI)] to 8 min 30 s (male); feeding time ranged from 14 min 45 s (NI)-28 min 25 s (male) (Manabí) and from 15 min 25 s (NI)-28 min 57 s (nymph V) (Loja). The amount of blood ingested increased significantly with instar and was larger for Manabí specimens (p < 0.001). Defecation while feeding was observed in Manabí specimens from stage nymph III and in Lojan bugs from stage nymph IV. There was a gradual, age-related increase in the frequency of this behaviour in both populations. Our results suggest that R. ecuadoriensis has the bionomic traits of an efficient vector of Trypanosoma cruzi check for this species in other resources . Together with previous data on the capacity of this species to infest rural households, these results indicate that control of synanthropic R. ecuadoriensis populations in the coastal and Andean regions may have a significant impact for CD control in Ecuador and Northern Peru.

Chagas disease - Rhodnius ecuadoriensis - life cycle - feeding and defecation patterns - Ecuador

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