Further studies on the natural host preferences of panamanian phlebotomine sandflies

R. B. Tesh, B. N. Chaniotis, B. R. Carrera, K. M. Johnson

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Tesh, R. B., B. N. Chaniotis, B. R. Carrera, and K. M. Johnson (MARU, Box 2011, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone). Further studies on the natural host preferences of Panamanian phlebotomine sandflies. Am J Epidemiol 95: 88-93, 1972.-Blood meals of 1799 phlebotomine sandflies from three different localities in Panamà were identified by the precipitin test, utilizing nine order-specific mammalian antisera. The frequency of feedings on seven mammalian orders varied with species and locality of collection. Seasonal differences in feeding patterns also were found in one species. Lutzomyia shannoni fed mainly on rodents, L. pessoana on edentates, L. vespertilionis on Chiroptera, and L. sanguinaria on primates. In contrast, L. ylephiletrix and L. trapidoi demonstrated a much broader host range. Epidemiologic implications of sand-fly feeding preferences are discussed. Of the 10 sandfly species studied, L. trapidoi and L. ylephiletrix appear to be of greatest public health importance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-93
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1972



  • Arboviruses
  • Blood meals
  • Entomology
  • Host preference
  • Insect vectors
  • Phlebotomus
  • Sandflies
  • Viruses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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