SAND FLY TAXONOMY TUTORIAL

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Section I: Recognition and Identification of Phlebotomine Sand Flies

If a Phlebotomus female, what species might it be?

The Pharynx

The pharynx is an internal structure of the head. It is a posterior continuation of the cibarium and consists of two plates, one dorsal and one ventral. Usually it is bottle or lamp-glass shaped. The base of the pharynx may have spicules, scales, teeth, toothed lines or may be unarmed. Together, all these spicules and teeth are called the pharyngeal armature.

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Phlebotomus pharynx

(Illustration credit: S El-Hossary

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P. bergeroti pharynx

Photo credit: J Stoffer


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