Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
On-line version ISSN 1678-8060
GIL, Luiz Herman Soares et al. Species structure of sand fly (Diptera: Psychodidae) fauna in the Brazilian western Amazon. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 2009, vol.104, n.7, pp. 955-959. ISSN 1678-8060. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02762009000700002.
We surveyed areas of the state of Rondônia in western Amazon for phlebotomine, which are potential vectors of leishmaniasis. A total of 5,998 specimens were captured, resulting in the identification of 48 species within the Lutzomyia (99.98%) and Brumptomyia (0.02%) genera. The predominant species was Lutzomyia davisi, followed by Lutzomyia umbratilis, Lutzomyia llanosmartinsi, Lutzomyia c. carrerai, Lutzomyia dendrophyla, Lutzomyia nevesi and Lutzomyia whitmani. All sand flies identified as vectors for cutaneous leishmaniasis in Brazil, i.e., Lu. davisi, Lu. umbratilis, Lu. c. carrerai and Lu. whitmani, were found in the surveyed areas.
Keywords : phlebotomine; vectors of leishmaniasis; leishmania; Rondônia.