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Print version ISSN 0074-0276On-line version ISSN 1678-8060

Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz vol.87 no.1 Rio de Janeiro Jan./Mar. 1992 

New records of phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) from Ecuador

J. Bruce Alexander1 

H. Takaoka2 

Y. Eshita3 

E. A. Gomez4 

Y. Hashiguchi5 

Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas, Cali, Colombia

Medical College of Oita, Division of Medical Zoology, Hazama, Japan

Teiko University School of Medicine, Department of Parasitology, Tokyo, Japan

Universidad Catolica Santiago de Guayaquil, Facultad de Medicina, Departamento de Medicina Tropical, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Kochi Medical School, Department of Parasitology, Nankohu, Japan


The plebotomine sand fly fauna of Ecuador was surveyed in two 3-month collecting trips made in 1988 and 1990. A total of 12 provinces were visited, including three (Bolivar, Loja and Morona Santiago) from wich no previous records to phlebotomines existed. Forty-six species were collected, 13 of wich, together with 1 subspecies and 1 genus (Warileya) represented new records for the country. This survey increases the known number of species in Ecuador to 60. The distribuition of Ecuadorian sand flies is discussed in the light of these new findings.


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