Phlebotomus (Phb.) papatasi


  • Scopoli
  • 1786:55 (in genus Bibio; F)
  • Italy: Milan; Type(s) F (U Pavia?)


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  • molesta Costa
    • 1840:2225 (in genus Ciniphes)
    • Type-loc: Italy: Terra di Otranto
  • breviventris Ristorcelli
    • 1941a:369 (as var. of papatasi) [female]
    • Type-loc: Morocco: Rissani


Type habitat: broadleaf forest.

Medical Importance

Often domestic, anthropophilic and abundant in (small) rodent burrows; proven vector of L. major to man and gerbils in U.S.S.R., Saudi Arabia, southern Morocco and central Tunisia (Killick-Kendrick, 1990; Killlck-Kendrick et al., 1985; Lane & Fritz, 1986; Perfil'ev, 1966); suspected vector of L. arablea in Saudi Arabia (Killick-Kendrick, 1990). Of several Phlebovirus serotypes isolated from P. papatasi (in north Africa, southern Europe, Iran and central Asia), Naples and Sicilian were found infecting man only where this sandfly occurs (Tesh, 1988; Tesh et al., 1976)

Psychodidae » Phlebotominae » Phlebotomus » Phlebotomus

Additional References

  • Lewis 1982:139, breviventris to synonymyRondani 1840:13, male, (as Flebotomus papatasii, unjustified emend.)
  • Seccombe & Ready 1993 (catalog, distr. Biology)

Adult Stage, detail photos:

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