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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 105, No. 8, 2010, pp. 1065-1067
Bioline Code: oc10183
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 105, No. 8, 2010, pp. 1065-1067

 en Copulatory courtship song in Lutzomyia migonei check for this species in other resources (Diptera: Psychodidae)
Vigoder, Felipe M.; Souza, Nataly A. & Peixoto, Alexandre A.

Abstract

Lutzomyia migonei check for this species in other resources is a vector of leishmaniasis with a wide distribution in South America, which could favour population differentiation and speciation. Cryptic species of the Lutzomyia longipalpis check for this species in other resources complex, the widely dis- tributed sand f ly vector of visceral leishmaniasis in Latin America, have previously been shown to display distinct copulation songs. We found that Lu. migonei males also produce a song during copulation. This “lovesong” pres- ents short trains (6-8 pulses) with an inter-pulse interval around 26 ms and is potentially involved in cryptic female choice and insemination success.

Keywords
sand flies - lovesong - leishmaniasis

 
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