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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 92, No. 1, 1997, pp. 57-61
Bioline Code: oc97012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 92, No. 1, 1997, pp. 57-61

 en Diagnostic importance of female external genital structure of Phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera:Psychodidae) as observed by scanning electron microscopy
J Mukhopadhyay & KN Ghosh

Abstract

Morphological description of sand flies has remained a neglected area.
The different organs used in taxonomy have not yet been described
adequately with the scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We have examined
the external genital structures of females of three Old World phlebotomine
sand flies under SEM and recorded the morphological variations of the
organs. We have found the female external genital structures of the three 
species varied considerably in morphology. The importance of the female
external genital structures in sand fly identification is indicated.

Keywords
Indian sand flies - Phlebotomus - external genital structures - scanning electron microscopy

 
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