Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
versión impresa ISSN 0074-0276
CARVALHO, Gustavo Mayr de Lima; BRAZIL, Reginaldo Peçanha; SANGUINETTE, Cristiani de Castilho y ANDRADE FILHO, José Dilermando. Description of a new phlebotomine species, Martinsmyia reginae sp. nov. (Diptera: Psychodidae: Phlebotominae) from a cave in the state of Tocantins Brazil. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 2010, vol.105, n.3, pp.336-340. ISSN 0074-0276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02762010000300017.
As inhabitants of forested areas, caves and anthropic environments, the phlebotomines deserve special attention because some species are able to transmit trypanosomatids, bacteria and viruses to vertebrates. Phlebotomines are also a nuisance because they cause painful bites, which may ultimately produce allergic manifestations. The lack of information about the presence and behaviours of sand flies in caves has aroused the curiosity of researchers for a long time. In the present paper, we describe a new species of sand fly that was captured in a cave located in the municipal district of Arraias in the southeastern region of the state of Tocantins. The morphological features of this new species permit it to be included in the alphabetica group of the Martinsmyia genus.
Palabras clave : Martinsmyia reginae sp. nov.; sand fly; cave; Tocantins.