SAND FLY TAXONOMY TUTORIAL

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Section I: Recognition and Identification of Phlebotomine Sand Flies

Body Size and Integument Color

Phlebotomus are usually larger bodied with a lighter integument (body color), while Sergentomyia are smaller with a darker cuticle. However, a given trap may have a variety of Phlebotomus and Sergentomyia spp. of different size and color so be careful when using these characters.

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Thorax of Phlebotomus alexandri

Photo credit: J Stoffer

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Thorax of Sergentomyia babu

Photo credit: J Stoffer


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