SAND FLY TAXONOMY TUTORIAL

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Section I: Recognition and Identification of Phlebotomine Sand Flies

Using abdominal tergites for ID

Hairs and sockets on the posterior margins of the abdominal tergites, the dorsal (top) plates of the abdominal segments, may be used for generic identification.

Both Sergentomyia and Phlebotomus have large round sockets and erect hairs on abdominal tergite 1 and in both genera that anterior part of the tergite will have round sockets.

Abdomen

Abdominal tergite with sockets

(Illustration credit: S El-Hossary

sand fly

Phlebotomus aculeatus abdomen

Photo credit: J Stoffer


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