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Revista Brasileira de Entomologia

Print version ISSN 0085-5626On-line version ISSN 1806-9665


ANDRADE FILHO, José Dilermando; GALATI, Eunice A. Bianchi  and  FALCAO, Alda Lima. Polymorphism, inter-population and inter-specific variation in Nyssomyia intermedia (Lutz & Neiva) and Nyssomyia neivai (Pinto) (Diptera, Psychodidae, Phlebotominae). Rev. Bras. entomol. [online]. 2006, vol.50, n.3, pp.385-393. ISSN 0085-5626.

Nyssomyia intermedia (Lutz & Neiva) and Nyssomyia neivai (Pinto) are morphologically very close and both present great variation in some structures. The objective of this study is a description of the variation among the females of these species in populations from the States of Minas Gerais and São Paulo. The morphological structures studied were the number of horizontal teeth in the cibarium and the number of rings and the shape of the terminal knob of the spermathecae. The spermatheca rings are significantly more numerous in N. intermedia than in N. neivai and the simple shape of the terminal knob predominated in both species. Regarding the cibarium, eight to eleven teeth have been found in both species, with up to twelve teeth in the latter. The number of horizontal teeth and the shape of the terminal knob of the spermathecae were variable throughout the populations of both species and all structures were polymorphic in the populations studied.

Keywords : Sandflies; leishmaniosis; vectors.

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