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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 94, No. 4, 1999, pp. 427-432
Bioline Code: oc99080
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 94, No. 4, 1999, pp. 427-432

 en Density of Sand Flies (Diptera:Psychodidae) in Domestic and Wild Animal Shelters in an Area of Visceral Leishmaniasis in the State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
XIMENES; Maria de Fátima Freire de Melo; SOUZA; Maria de Fátima de & GUILHERMO CASTELLON, Eloy.

Abstract

The objective of the present study was to determine the association of sand flies with the presence of domestic and wild animals in the peridomiciliary area. The sand flies were collected using direct aspiration and CDC light traps placed in animal shelters. The results suggest that different sand flies species have different behavioral characteristics in an apparent preference for animal baits and that Lutzomyia longipalpis and Lu. evandroi were the most eclectic species regarding their biotope choice. Lu. longipalpis showed a distinct preference for horses and Lu. evandroi for armadillos.

Keywords
Lutzomyia longipalpis - Lutzomyia evandroi - host preference - Rio Grande do Norte - Leishmania

 
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