SAND FLY TAXONOMY TUTORIAL

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Section I: Recognition and Identification of Phlebotomine Sand Flies

If a Lutzomyia female, what species might it be?

The Spermatheca

The spermatheca is an organ of the female reproductive tract in insects. It receives and stores sperm from the male, and it is usually the site of fertilization when the oőcytes are ready. The size, shape and other features of the spermatheca may vary by species.

spermatheca

Spermatheca

(Illustration credit: S El-Hossary

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Lutzomyia aclydifera spermatheca

Photo credit: J Stoffer


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