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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 107, No. 8, 2012, pp. 1016-1020
Bioline Code: oc12168
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 107, No. 8, 2012, pp. 1016-1020

 en Sandflies (Diptera: Psychodidae) from caves of the quartzite Espinhaço Range, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Barata, Ricardo Andrade & Apolinário, Estefânia Conceição


This study investigated the sandfly fauna of two quartzite caves in the Espinhaço Mountain Range, located in the municipality of Diamantina, state Minas Gerais. From August 2010-July 2011, entomological sampling was performed in the caves of Salitre and Monte Cristo with two HP light traps exposed in the photic and aphotic zones of each cave. The sandfly fauna consisted of 17 species, among which Lutzomyia cipoensis check for this species in other resources was predominant (54.76%). The male/female ratio in the total captures was 1:2.5. The aphotic zone showed the highest frequency of specimens captured (65%). A greater density of sandflies occurred during the summer (January-February), coinciding with the period of higher temperatures, humidity and rainfall. The presence of Lutzomyia longipalpis check for this species in other resources , Lutzomyia whitmani check for this species in other resources and Lutzomyia pessoai check for this species in other resources , proven or suspected vectors of leishmaniasis, is of concern because the area is visited by many tourists.

Lutzomyia - Phlebotomine - sandflies from caves - Espinhaço Range

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