Morphometry was fundamental for the characterization of phlebotomine
sandflies (e.g. R Newstead 1911). After the discovery of the importance
of female cibarium, spermathecae and its ducts (S Adler & O Theodor 1926),
it became less used. However, the great number of sandfly species, some of
them very similar, and studies of variations related to season or locality
induced a need of studies of measurements.