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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 105, No. 3, 2010, pp. 336-340
Bioline Code: oc10058
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 105, No. 3, 2010, pp. 336-340

 en Description of a new phlebotomine species, Martinsmyia reginae check for this species in other resources sp. nov. (Diptera: Psychodidae: Phlebotominae) from a cave in the state of Tocantins Brazil
Carvalho, Gustavo Mayr de Lima; Brazil, Reginaldo Peçanha; Sanguinette, Cristiani de Castilho & Filho, José Dilermando Andrade


As inhabitants of forested areas, caves and anthropic environments, the phlebotomines deserve special attention because some species are able to transmit trypanosomatids, bacteria and viruses to vertebrates. Phlebotomines are also a nuisance because they cause painful bites, which may ultimately produce allergic manifestations. The lack of information about the presence and behaviours of sand flies in caves has aroused the curiosity of researchers for a long time. In the present paper, we describe a new species of sand fly that was captured in a cave located in the municipal district of Arraias in the southeastern region of the state of Tocantins. The morphological features of this new species permit it to be included in the alphabetica group of the Martinsmyia genus.

Martinsmyia reginae sp. nov., sand fly, cave, Tocantins

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