Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
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RODRIGUEZ RODRIGUEZ, Jinnay et al. Morphometric changes of Triatoma flavida Neiva, 1911 (Hemiptera:Triatominae) in the transition from sylvatic to laboratory conditions. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 2007, vol.49, n.2, pp. 127-130. ISSN 0036-4665. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-46652007000200013.
The one-generational metric changes occurring in Triatoma flavida (Hemiptera: Triatominae) when carried from its wild habitat (caves) to laboratory, were examined using traditional morphometric techniques. As for other species of Triatoma, Rhodnius or Panstrongylus studied in similar conditions, a significant reduction of head, thorax and wing size was observed. Sexual dimorphism of the wings, while present in the wild sample, was not detected anymore in the laboratory individuals. Biological significance and epidemiological importance are discussed.
Keywords : Morphometric changes; Sylvatic-laboratory; Triatoma flavida.