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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. vol.47 no.6 Uberaba Nov./Dec. 2014 

Major Articles

Species of the subfamily Triatominae Jeannel, 1919 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) present in the Collection of Chagas Disease Vectors (FIOCRUZ-COLVEC), State of Minas Gerais

Rita de Cássia Moreira de Souza [1]  

Raissa Nogueira Brito [1]  

Anatiele Borges Barbosa [1]  

Liléia Diotaiuti [1]  

[1]Laboratório de Triatomíneos e Epidemiologia da Doença de Chagas, Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Belo Horizonte, MG



Biological collections are depositories of information on different species and contribute to the knowledge, protection, conservation and maintenance of biodiversity.


A list of triatomine species currently included in the Collection of Chagas Disease Vectors (FIOCRUZ-COLVEC) was prepared from the database made available by the Reference Center on Environmental Information.


COLVEC curatorship houses 4,778 specimens of triatomines, of which 811 come from other American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the United States of America, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) and 3,967 are autochthonous from Brazil. Altogether, 56 species of Chagas disease vectors are represented in the COLVEC: two species of the Tribe Cavernicolini Usinger, 1944; fifteen species of the tribe Rhodniini Pinto, 1926, of which 12 are of the genus Rhodnius and 3 are of the genus Psamolestes; and 39 species of the tribe Triatomini Jeannel, 1919, represented by the genus Dipetalogaster, two species of the genus Eratyrus, two of the genus Meccus, seven of the genus Panstrongylus and 27 of the genus Triatoma.


This list provides important data on the diversity of triatomines currently included in COLVEC, including the expanded area of Panstrongylus lutzi occurrence in the municipalities Pirapora and Januária, State of Minas Gerais. The maintenance and expansion of the collection ensures the preservation of biodiversity and further studies.

Key words: Zoological collection; Triatominae; Biodiversity; Medical entomology; Systematics; Taxonomy


Biological collections are depositories of information on different species and contribute to the knowledge, protection, conservation and maintenance of biodiversity1. Due to the importance of biological collections for a nation's scientific knowledge and development, as well as the global concern for the preservation of biodiversity, collections are currently considered an inalienable heritage of the state and of the hosting institutions. Collections are assigned this importance because they house taxonomic data on the species and information related to the environment, enabling, albeit indirectly, the acquisition of knowledge of different regions of the planet.

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation has created the Permanent Forum of Biological Collections, which assessed and conclusively interpreted the collections of each regional unit and granted institutional recognition for those meeting the criteria of the analysis2. The Collection of Chagas Disease Vectors (Fiocruz-COLVEC), located in the Laboratory of Triatomines and Epidemiology of Chagas Disease [Laboratório de Triatomíneos e Epidemiologia da Doença de Chagas (LATEC)] of the René Rachou Research Center [Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou (CPqRR/FIOCRUZ)] underwent the process of institutional recognition and approval. Recently recognized by the Ministry of Environment as a Depository of Genetic Heritage Component Samples (Federal Official Gazette No. 168, August 29, 2012, Section 3, page 123), the collection houses different populations of triatomines from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the United States of America, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Collection of Chagas Disease Vectors was started through a donation from the private collection of Dr. Hélio Noguera Espínola in 1996. Comprising 286 species, this collection is important not only for its historical and affective value but also because it hosts triatomine populations from different geographic regions, including areas that are currently completely urbanized. Most of the collection was gathered after the 1990s, and it mainly consists of voucher specimens from research projects carried out by LATEC. In addition, the collection holds an increasing number of species obtained in close collaboration with the Triatomine and Epidemiology of Chagas Disease Reference Laboratory (Laboratório de Referência de Triatomíneos e Epidemiologia da Doença de Chagas - FIOCRUZ/Ministry of Health, Secretary of Health Surveillance). In this regard, the importance of the work carried out by COLVEC in collaboration with the Reference Service and the Regional Departments of Health from municipalities in the State of Minas Gerais is noteworthy for promoting consolidation within the perspectives of the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS).

The demand for data associated with these species, including from a growing non-taxonomist audience, has been increasing1. Moreover, information must be readily available both to save time in the search for information on the tags attached to specimens and to maintain the integrity of the specimens by avoiding excessive handling. Thus, the computerization of biological collections has been a priority in many institutions to address access and organization and to protect the collections3.

Data input on the specimens in a digitalized database is the most efficient method of making this information available to a wide audience and ensuring visibility and access and thereby facilitating the dissemination of data. The present work aims to report the number of species currently included in the COLVEC collection.


The collection is archived in good storage conditions in LATEC in a dedicated room. Insects are preserved dry; adults (males and females) and fourth and fifth stage nymphs are mounted on entomological pins, whereas eggs and nymphs from first to third stage are glued onto cardboard triangles and pinned.

In addition to the conventional registry in the record book, COLVEC's specimens are cataloged in a database managed by the Reference Center on Environmental Information (CRIA), thus ensuring their access and visibility. Both the record book and the database contain specific information on each specimen, such as data on the collector, collection location, date of collection, and name of the investigator who provided the identification and taxonomic data. These data are provided by the curator of the collection. The database is available for consultation online on CRIA's website, integrated with the speciesLink network (, and COLVEC's website ( The lists of triatomines presented below were prepared based on the first database.


Among the 4,778 specimens registered in the CRIA database, 811 originated from other countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the United States of America, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) as Table 1 and Table 2. Thus, most of the collection consists of triatomine species native to Brazil, with 18 of its 27 states represented in the collection (Table 3 and Table 4). The States of Ceará and Minas Gerais are particularly well represented, contributing 952 and 2,071 specimens, respectively (Figure 1). The large number of specimens from these states is due to the partnership between LATEC and the two state health departments, which is essential for conducting projects. With regard to populations, the number of specimens from Minas Gerais confers a peculiar property to the collection: the regionalized character of the triatomine fauna.

FIGURE 1 Current number of COLVEC's entries per Brazilian State. NI: no information; COLVEC: Collection of Chagas Disease Vectors. 

TABLE 1 Contribution of triatomine fauna from other American countries to the COLVEC collection (Tribe Cavernicolini Usinger, 1944 and Tribe Rhodniini Pinto, 1926). Information in parentheses includes the specimen number and sex. 

Tribe Species Country Province, Department or State County (sex)
Cavernicolini Usinger, 1944 Cavernicola pilosa Barber, 1937 Venezuela Portuguesa Tierra Buena (5M)
Rhodniini Pinto,1926 Rhodnius colombiensis Mejia, Galvão & Jurberg, 1999 Colombia Tolima Coyaima (2F)
Rhodnius ecuadoriensis Lent & León, 1958 Peru NI NI (2F, 3M)
Rhodnius neivai Lent, 1953 Venezuela Lara NI (6F, 1M, 6SE)
NI NI (1M)
Rhodnius pallescens Barber 1932 Colombia NI NI (2M)
Rhodnius pictipes Stål, 1872 Venezuela Cojedes Manrrique (2F, 2M); San Carlos (2F, 2M); Tierra Caliente (3F, 2M); Tinaquillo (1M)
Portuguesa NI (1M)
NI NI (1F, 2M)
Rhodnius prolixus Stål, 1859 Peru Amazonas (Dept.) NI (1N)
Apure San Fernando (1F)
Aragua Macay (1M); Anzortequi 1M)
Barinas Calderas (13F, 7M); Macay (3M)
Carabobo Independencia (1F, 1M);
Venezuela Cojedes Cohâra (1F); Limas Blancas (1F); Manrrique (19F, 12M); San Carlos (7M); Tinaquillo (1F, 2M); NI (1F)
Falcón PAHO insectary (2F, 1M)
Lara Barquisimeto (2M)
Miranda La Democracia (1F, 2M)
Portuguesa Papelón (5F, 3M); San Jorge (4F)
Trujillo Pampán (9F)
Yaracuy San Felipe (3F, 4M)
NI NI (1M)
Rhodnius robustus Larrousse, 1927 Colombia Putumayo Puerto Assis (1M)
Venezuela Portuguesa Acarigua (1F)
Tachira San Simón (5F, 1M); Coloncito (3F)
Trujillo Pampán (8F, 2M)
NI NI (15F, 21M)
Anzóategui San Cristóbal (1M)
Barinas Andrés Eloy Blanco (6F; 2M)

COLVEC: Collection of Chagas Disease Vectors; M: male; F: female; N: nymph; NI: no information; SE: sets of eggs; Dept.: Department; PAHO: Pan American Health Organization.

TABLE 2 Contribution of triatomine fauna from other American countries to the COLVEC collection (Tribe Triatomini Jeannel, 1919). Information in parentheses includes the specimen number and sex. 

Species Country Province, Department or State County (sex)
Dipetalogaster maxima (Uhler, 1894) Mexico NI NI (1F, 1M)
Eratyrus cuspidatus Stål, 1859 Colombia Santander NI (1F, 1M)
Venezuela Cojedes Manrrique (1N)
Portuguesa Ospino (1M)
Maracay NI (2N)
Trujillo Laguaca (1N)
NI NI NI (1F, 1M)
NI NI (5N)
Eratyrus mucronatus Stål, 1859 Bolivia La Paz La Paz (1F)
Venezuela Aragua NI (1M)
Cojedes San Carlos (1M)
Lara NI (6F)
Maracay NI (2SE)
Portuguesa NI (1F, 1M)
Trujillo NI (1F)
NI NI (1M)
Meccus longipennis (Usinger, 1939) Mexico NI NI (1M)
Meccus phyllosomus (Burmeister, 1835) Mexico Nayarit NI (1F, 1M)
Panstrongylus chinai (Del Ponte, 1929) Peru Piura Piura (3F, 2M)
NI NI Grant from UNIFESP insectary (1F, 1M)
Panstrongylus geniculatus (Latreille, 1811) Colombia Antioquia Amalfi (1F)
Costa Heredia Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí (1M)
Rica NI NI (1M)
Venezuela Aragua El Limón (1F); NI (1F)
Carabobo NI (1M)
Cojedes Manrrique (1F)
NI NI (1M)
Panstrongylus herreri Wygodzinsky, 1948 Peru Lima Lima (1F, 1M)
Venezuela Portuguesa Araure (1F)
Panstrongylus rufotuberculatus (Champion, 1899) Colombia Antioquia Amalfi (1M);
Venezuela Aragua El Limón (1F, 2M); NI (2F, 2M)
Trujillo NI (1M)
Psammolestes arthuri (Pinto, 1926) Venezuela Apure Mantecal (1F, 3M)
Cojedes La Coromoto (1F); Manrrique (7F, 9M, 13N); San Carlos (1F, 1M)
Portuguesa Araure (1M); Guanare (1F, 20N, 1SE)
NI NI (1M)
Psammolestes coreodes Bergroth, 1911 Bolivia Santa Cruz Santa Cruz (3F, 3M)
Triatoma dimidiata Usinger, 1944 Colombia Santander NI (1F, 1M)
Magdalena Santa Marta (1F)
Guatemala NI NI (1F, 1M)
Mexico NI NI (1F, 1M)
NI NI NI (3F, 4M)
Triatoma garciabesi Carcavallo, Cichero, Martínez, Prosen & Ronderos, 1967 Argentina Santiago Del Estero Santiago Del Estero (1F)
NI NI NI (1F, 4M)
Triatoma guasayana Wygodzinsky & Abalos, 1949 NI NI NI (3F, 8M)
Triatoma guazu Lent & Wygodzinsky, 1979 NI NI NI (1M)
Triatoma infestans n. ssp. Bolivia Cochabamba Cochabamba (193F, 155M)
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz (3F, 10M)
NI NI NI (2F, 3M, 1N)
Triatoma lecticularia (Stål, 1859) USA Oklahoma NI (1F, 1M)
Triatoma maculata (Erichson, 1848) Venezuela Anzóategui NI (2M)
Cojedes El Pao (1M); Manrique (2M)
Lara La Concepción (1F)
Portuguesa Araure (1F); Guanare (2F)
Trujillo Pampán (1F, 6M)
Triatoma nigromaculata (Stål, 1872) Venezuela Aragua El Limón (1M); NI (1F, 1M)
Trujillo NI (1M)
Yaracuy Nirgua (3M)
Triatoma platensis Neiva, 1913 NI NI NI (1M)
Triatoma protracta (Uhler, 1894) USA California NI (1F, 1M)
Triatoma rubrovaria (Blanchard, 1843) Uruguay NI NI (2F, 7M)
Triatoma sordida (Stål, 1859) Bolivia Santa Cruz Santa Cruz (4F, 10M)
Venezuela Portuguesa Guanare (N)

COLVEC: Collection of Chagas Disease Vectors; M: male; F: female; N: nymph. NI: No information; SE: sets of eggs; UNIFESP: Universidade Federal de São Paulo; USA: United States of America.

TABLE 3 List of Brazilian autochthonous Triatominae species (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in the COLVEC collection. (Tribe Cavernicolini Usinger, 1944 and Tribe Rhodniini Pinto, 1926). 

Tribe Species State County (Specimen number and sex)
Cavernicolini Usinger, 1944 Cavernicola lenti Barrett & Arias, 1985 MG Insectary/CPqRR (20F, 16M, 2N)
Cavernicola pilosa Barber, 1937 MG Luz (3F, 1M); Insectary/CPqRR (20N, 1SE); Miracema (1F)
TO Palmas (12F, 7M, 1N); Taquaruçu (12F, 10M, 1N)
Rhodniini Pinto, 1926 Psammolestes tertius Lent & Jurberg, 1965 CE Tauá (2F, 2M)
MG Bambuí (2F, 3M); Serra Azul de Minas (4M, 3N)
Rhodnius brethesi Matta, 1919 RJ Insectary/IOC (3F, 2M, 1N)
Rhodnius domesticus Neiva & Pinto, 1923 SC Insectary/UFSC (1F, 2M)
MG Açucena (1F)
Rhodnius milesi Carcavallo, Rocha, Galvão & Jurberg, 2001 SP Bragança Paulista (3F, 1M)
NI NI (2F, 2M, 20N)
Rhodnius nasutus Stål, 1859 BA Feira de Santana (3F, 1M); São Domingos (1F, 2M); NI (1F)
CE Barbalha (2F, 4M); Crato (1F, 2M); Itapagé (10F, 8M); Meruoca (1F, 2M); Missão Velha (1F, 2M); Santana do Cariri (1F, 2M); Sobral (6F, 6M); Tauá (1F); NI (2F, 4M)
Rhodnius neglectus Lent, 1954 BA Tucano (1M)
GO Montes Claros de Goiás (1F); Ponte Alta do Norte (4F, 6M, 5N); Trintade (1F, 1M); NI (3F)
MG Bambuí (1F, 1M); Belo Horizonte (1M, 1SE); Buenópolis (1M); Campina Verde (1M); Estrela do Sul (1F); Formiga (1F); Jaboticatubas (1M, 1N); Luz (1F); Monjolos (1M); Monte Alegre de Minas (1M); Monte Carmelo (1M); Patrocínio (1F); Pitangui (1F); Ribeirão das Neves (1M); Tupaciguara (1M); Uberaba (3F, 3M); Uberlândia (1F, 6M); NI (1F, 3M)
SP Guaíra (1F, 1M)
TO Itaperatins (2F); Praia do Norte (1F); Tocantinópolis (25F, 31M)
NI NI (6F, 5M)
Rhodnius pictipes Stål, 1872 MG Uberaba (2F, 1M); Insectary/CPqRR (3F, 2M)
TO Tocantinópolis (12F, 10M)
NI NI (6F)
Rhodnius prolixus Stål, 1859 AC Cruz do Sul (1M); Sena Madureira (1F)
MG Santa Fé (4F, 5M); Insectary/PqRR (5M)
Rhodnius robustus Larrousse, 1927 MG Uberaba (1F, 2M)
RR Mucajaí (2F, 2M)
TO Aparecida do Rio Negro (1M); Tocantinópolis (1M)

COLVEC: Collection of Chagas Disease Vectors; CPqRR: Centro de Pesquisa René Rachou; IOC: Instituto Oswaldo Cruz; UFSC: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina; USP: Universidade de São Paulo; M: male; F: female; N: nymph; NI: no information; SE: set of eggs; MG: Minas Gerais; TO: Tocantins; CE: Ceará; RJ: Rio de Janeiro; SP: São Paulo; SC: Santa Catarina; BA: Bahia; GO: Goiás; AC: Acre; RR: Roraima.

TABLE 4 List of Brazilian autochthonous Triatominae species (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in the COLVEC collection. (Tribe Triatomini Jeannel, 1919). 

Species State County (Specimen number and sex)
Panstrongylus diasi Pinto & Lent, 1946 MG Aimorés (2M); Berilo (1M); Braúnas (8N); Campos Gerais (1F); Candeias (1F); Chapada do Norte (1M); Cláudio (1F, 2M); Conceição do Pará (1M); Diamantina (1M); Divinópolis (1M); Formiga (1F); Francisco Badaró (1F, 1M); Grupiara (1M); Itaguara (1F); Itatiaiuçu (1F); Ituiutaba (1M); Luz (1M); Medeiros (1F); Mirabela (1M); Pains (1F); Pará de Minas (1F); Pedra do Indaiá (1F); Perdigão (2F); Pitangui (1F); Rio Pardo de Minas (1M); Santo Antonio Amparo (1F); São João do Paraíso (1F, 3M); São Sebastião do Oeste (2F); Veríssimo (1M); NI (1F, 4M)
Panstrongylus geniculatus (Latreille, 1811) BA Pau Brasil (1F)
CE Meruoca (3M)
MG Alfenas (1F); Berilo (1F, 2M); Catutiba (2M); Chapada do Norte (1F, 3M); Comercinho (1F, 1M); Conceição Mato Dentro (1M); Diamantina (1F, 2M); Felício dos Santos (2M); Francisco Badaró (4M); Itanhomi (2F, 1M); Ituiutaba (1M); Presidente Kubitschek (1M); Riacho dos Machados (1M); Rio Pardo de Minas (3M); Santa Fé (1M); São João do Paraíso (2F, 5M); Turmalina (1M); Uberlândia (1M); Unaí (1F, 1M); Veríssimo (1M); Virgem da Lapa (1M)
TO Lizarda (1M)
NI NI (2F)
Panstrongylus lignarius (Walker, 1873) RJ Insectary/IOC (17F, 35M)
NI NI (1F)
Panstrongylus lutzi (Neiva & Pinto, 1923) CE Aratuba (1F); Boa Viagem (2F); Canindé (1F; 7M); Crateús (11F; 35M); Independência (6F; 1M); Ipueiras (1M); Itapiúna (1M); Massapê (3F); Meruoca (5F); Morada Nova (1M); Pacatuba (1M); Redenção (3M); Sobral (19F, 25M); Tauá (2F, 3M)
MG Januária (1M); Pirapora (3F, 27M)
PE Orobó (1F, 2M)
NI NI (1F)
Panstrongylus megistus (Burmeister, 1835) AL Palmeira dos Índios (1F, 1M)
BA Campo Formoso (5F, 4M); Castro Alves (2F, 3M); Jequié (1F); Salvador (1F); Santa Luzia (1F)
CE Alcântaras (2F, 3M); Crateús (2F, 1M, 1N); Ipoeiras (1F); Meruoca (10F, 10M)
GO Corumbá de Goiás (2F; 2M)
MG Araguari (1F); Bambuí (3F, 4M); Belo Horizonte (8F, 19M, 8N); Berilo (1F, 2M); Betim (2F, 1M); Brumadinho (72F, 93M); Carmo do Paranaíba (4F, 5M); Carmópolis (4F, 1M); Carmópolis de Minas (14F, 17M); Cascalho Rico (1M); Claro dos Poções (1F); Contagem (1M); Coromandel (1F, 1M); Douradoquara (1M); Estrela do Sul (1F, 2M, 1N); Guaxupé (1F, 1M); Ibirité (1F); Indianápolis (1M); Iraí de Minas (8F, 4M); Itanhomi (4F); Jaboticatubas (16F, 12M, 14N); Lagoa Grande (3N); Lagoa Santa (1M); Monjolos (1F, 3M); Monte Carmelo (1F, 3M, 1N); Monte Santo de Minas (1F, 1M); Morro da Garça (5F, 1M); Nova União (1F); Olhos-d'Água (1F, 1M); Patos de Minas (5F, 1M); Patrocínio (10F, 9M); Pedra do Indaiá (1F, 5N); Piracema (13F, 15M, 1N); Pitangui (7F, 10M, 17N); Ribeirão das Neves (2F); Rio Casca (1M); Rio Doce (1F); Rio Paranaíba (16F, 1M, 1N); Santa Cruz do Escalvado (5F, 5M); Santa Luzia (1M); Santa Maria do Suaçuí (3F); Santana do Riacho (4F, 5M); São Gotardo (3F); São José do Goiabal (1F); SSM (2M); Sem-Peixe (1F, 1M); Sete Lagoas (1F); Uberlândia (6F, 6M); Unaí (1N); Vazante (1F); Insectary/CPqRR (1F, 2M); NI (5F, 4M)
SC Costeira do Pirajubaí (1F, 1M); Florianópolis (1F, 1M); NI (7F, 8M)
SP Juquiá (1F, 1M); Caconde (1F, 1M)
NI NI (1M)
Triatoma baratai Carcavallo & Jurberg, 2000 MS Corumbá (2F, 2M)
Triatoma brasiliensis Neiva, 1911 CE Crateús (15F, 23M); Independência (214F, 202M); Jaguaribe (2F, 2M); Jaguaruana (3F, 3M); Novo Oriente (23F, 23M); Quixeré (1F, 1M); Tauá (3F, 2M)
PB NI (11F, 30M)
PE Exu (1F, 2M); Terra Nova (4F, 7M); NI (21F, 10M)
PI Castelo do Piauí (4F, 11M); São Miguel do Tapuio (1M); Simplício Mendes (65F, 74M)
NI NI (2F, 6M)
Triatoma carcavalloi Jurberg, Rocha & Lent, 1998 RS Insectary/RSCS (1F)
Triatoma costalimai Verano & Galvão, 1958 MG Januária (5F, 3M); NI (1F)
Triatoma infestans n.ssp. BA Paratinga (7F)
GO NI (1F, 1M, 1N)
MG Insectary/CPqRR (5F, 6M); Montes Claros (10F, 5M)
PR Londrina (14F, 16M)
RS Catuípe (5F, 3M); NI (15F, 15M)
SP Paulínia (1F, 2M)
Triatoma lenti Sherlock & Serafim, 1967 MG Montes Claros (2F, 1M); Januária (8F, 4M)
Triatoma maculata (Erichson, 1848) RR Mucajaí (19F, 32M)
Triatoma matogrosensis Leite & Barbosa, 1953 MT Aquidauana (1F, 1M); NI (1F, 2M)
Triatoma melanica Neiva & Lent, 1941 MG Espinosa (1F,2M); Mamonas (1F, 2M, 1N); Monte Azul (1F, 4M, 4N)
Triatoma melanocephala Neiva & Pinto, 1923 BA Insectary/CPqGM (14F, 14M)
MG Januária (1M)
PE Vitória de Santo Antão (1F)
Triatoma oliveirai (Neiva, Pinto & Lent, 1939) CE Meruoca (2F)
Triatoma pseudomaculata Corrêa & Espínola, 1964 BA Curaçá (1F, 1M); Itaberaba (12F, 2M)
CE Independência (19F; 17M); Sobral (124F; 115M); Tauá (1F; 2M)
MG Insectary/CPqRR (1M); Berilo (1F, 2M); Comercinho (5F, 6M); Januária (4F, 2M); Rio Pardo de Minas (2F); São Thomé das Letras (1F)
PB NI (5F, 7M)
PE Maravilha (3F, 1M)
PI Piripiri (13F, 13M)
Triatoma rubrofasciata (De Geer, 1773) PE NI (3F, 1M)
Triatoma rubrovaria (Blanchard, 1843) RS Canguçu (7F, 3M, 2N)
Triatoma sordida (Stål, 1859) BA Aracatu (4F, 3M); Livramento de Nossa Senhora (4F, 5M, 2N)
MS Corumbá (13F; 7M)
MG Araguari (3F, 1M, 3N); Augusto de Lima (2F); Insectary/CPqRR (6F, 6M); Buenópolis (25F, 5M, 2N); Buritis (3F, 2M, 1N); Campina Verde (1F, 11N); Capinopólis (5F, 6M, 58N); Cônego Marinho (1F, 1M, 2N); Coração de Jesus (3F, 2M, 1N); Curvelo (4F, 3M, 4N); Douradoquara (7F, 2N, 1M); Espinosa (3F, 3M); Estrela do Sul (2F); Grupiara (3F, 1M, 1N); Gurinhatã (7F, 8M); Inimutaba (2M); Ipiaçu (1F, 1M); Januária (3F, 3M); Lagoa Grande (26F, 21M, 22N); Limeiro do Oeste (3F, 3M); Luislândia (2F, 2M) Manga (3F, 3M); Mato Verde (9F, 3M, 2N); Monjolos (8F, 1M, 2N); Montalvânia (4F, 4M); Monte Alegre de Minas (1F); Montes Claros (18F, 20M); Morro da Garça (1F); Porteirinha (3F, 3M); Santo Hipólito (10F, 1M); São Francisco (5F, 6M); São João da Lagoa (1N); Tupaciguara (1F, 1M); Uberaba (15F, 14M); Uberlândia (1F, 3N); Unaí (4F, 2M, 1N); Várzea da Palma (2F, 2M, 2N); Varzelândia (3F, 3M); Verdelândia (23F, 13M); NI (12F, 8M, 10N)
TO Conceição do Tocantins (1F)
NI NI (3F, 1M, 1N)
Triatoma tibiamaculata (Pinto, 1926) SP IFSP/USP (1F, 1M)
NI NI (1F, 1M)
Triatoma vitticeps (Stål, 1859) MG Açucena (3F, 1M, 2N, egg); Aimorés (1F, 1M); Almenara (1F, 1M, 92N, 18SE); Araponga (3F); Insectary/CPqRR (4F, 5M); Caratinga (1F); Comercinho (50F, 58M, 9N); Coronel Murta (1F); Diamantina (7M); Divino (2F, 4M); Galiléia (1F); Itanhomi (92F, 64M); Jaboticatubas (1F); Januária (2F, 2M); José Gonçalves de Minas (1F, 2M); Juramento (2M); Mendes Pimentel (5N, 3SE); Riacho dos Machados (1F, 2M); Rio Pardo de Minas (2F, 1M); Santa Cruz do Escalvado (1M); Santana do Riacho (2F, 3M); SGRP (1M); São João do Oriente (2F, 1M); São João do Pacuí (1M); Tabaúna (1F); Teófilo Otoni (2F, 2M); Ubaí (1M); Virgolândia (11N)
Triatoma williami Galvão, Souza & Lima, 1965 MS Corumbá (8F, 7M)
Triatoma wygodzinskyi Lent 1951 SP São João da Boa Vista (1F, 2M)

COLVEC: Collection of Chagas Disease Vectors; M: male; F: Female; N: nymph; NI: No information; SE: set of eggs; CPqRR: Centro de Pesquisa René Rachou; IOC: Instituto Oswaldo Cruz; UFSC: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina; CPqGM: Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz; IFSP: Instituto Faculdade Saúde Pública; USP: Universidade de São Paulo; MG: Minas Gerais; CE: Ceará; TO: Tocantins; RJ: Rio de Janeiro; BA: Bahia; GO: Goiás; SP: São Paulo; AC: Acre; RR: Roraima; PE: Pernambuco; AL: Alagoas; SC: Santa Catarina; MS: Mato Grosso do Sul; PB: Paraíba; PI: Piauí; RS: Rio Grande do Sul; PR: Paraná; MT: Mato Grosso; RSCS: Regional de Santa Cruz do Sul; SSM: São Sebastião do Maranhão; SGRP: São Gonçalo do Rio Preto.

In short, the collection is composed of two species of the tribe Cavernicolini Usinger, 1944; fifteen species of the tribe Rhodniini Pinto, 1926, of which 12 are of the genus Rhodnius and three are of the genus Psammolestes; and 39 species are of the tribe Triatomini Jeannel, 1919, represented by the genus Dipetalogaster, two species of the genus Eratyrus, two species of the genus Meccus, seven of the genus Panstrongylus and 27 of the genus Triatoma.

In the following list, only native species from Brazil are presented. These species are organized in alphabetical order by tribe, genus, species and sex. Whenever possible, the state and locality of capture in Brazil were also added, followed by the total number of specimens.


Considering that the conservation of biodiversity is a common concern of humankind, biological collections must serve as guardians of ex situ biological heritage. In the broadest sense of their use, such collections serve as basis for scientific research and educational activities and can provide valuable material of historical importance4. Thus, FIOCRUZ holds diverse collections that are important information sources for the reconstruction of the history of biological and biomedical sciences in Brazil5.

The primary mission of COLVEC's curatorship is based on the principles of the organization and permanent preservation of biological material6,7, accessibility to material and associated information8 and ensuring the taxonomic identification of the Triatominae. However, other related activities are worth noting: 1) supporting research, as the collection is responsible for the legal deposit of voucher specimens from projects; 2) supporting the Reference Service through training courses and the identification of Triatominae; 3) making the collection available for public research through universities, research centers and museums; 4) contributing to the training of human resources through the guidance of students; and 5) participating in scientific and educational events promoting conservation awareness.

With a total capacity for 15,000 specimens, there are currently 5,467 entries in COLVEC's record book. This number will likely continuously increase due to research activities, the Reference Service and the collection's recent accreditation as a Depository of Genetic Heritage Component Samples. The exponential growth of the collection is expected to ensure a greater depiction of the diversity of the Brazilian triatomine fauna as well as of other countries where Chagas disease is endemic. The largest number of specimens and the different origins of a species can enable studies on intraspecific variability, with morphological variations observed dynamically throughout the species' distribution area.

The list presents records of 4,778 specimens in CRIA's database. To date, there are 148 species of triatomine recognized915, of which 56 have representatives in the COLVEC collection and come from different geographic origins. Most of the collection comprises autochthonous species from Brazil, whose current triatomine fauna includes more than 60 species11,16,17. Of these species, 35 (57%) are registered in COLVEC, highlighting the taxonomic relevance of the collection.

The geographic distribution of Panstrongylus lutzi did not previously include the State of Minas Gerais; therefore, this list also helps extend the known occurrence of this vector, which affects the municipalities of Januária and Pirapora. Until recently, this species was mistaken for Panstrongylus geniculatus, which may occur more broadly because there are no reports of P. lutzi in the municipalities of Pirapora and Januária. Therefore, the need to establish greater interactivity between service laboratories and the reference laboratory must be emphasized. Moreover, two points are fundamental to lab staff members operating within the Chagas Disease Control Program: 1) participation in training courses on the identification of triatomines offered by LATEC in partnership with COLVEC and 2) assembling service collections with representatives of the local triatomine fauna.

Aimed at strengthening, complementing and expanding the collection, the objective of this study is to contribute to current and further studies and, primarily, ensure the ex situ conservation of triatomine fauna.


The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest


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Received: September 12, 2014; Accepted: November 24, 2014

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