SAND FLY TAXONOMY TUTORIAL

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Section I: Recognition and Identification of Phlebotomine Sand Flies

Using the Cibarium and Pigment Patch for ID

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Phlebotomus papatasi cibarium. In Phlebotomus, the cibarium is unarmed (no teeth) or with scattered spicules without a pigment patch.

Photo credit: J Stoffer

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Sergentomyia babu cibarium. In Sergentomyia, the cibarium has one or more rows of teeth (scarcely visible in S. bailyi) and the pigment patch is usually present.

Photo credit: J Stoffer


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