Ecological Aspects of Phlebotomine Sandflies Diptera: Psychodidae from a Cave of the Speleological Province of Bambuí, BrazilReport as inadecuate




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Phlebotomines are invertebrate hosts of Leishmania genus species which are etiological agents of leishmaniases in humans and other mammals. Sandflies are often collected in entomological studies of caves both in the inner area and the adjacent environments. Caves are ecotypes clearly different from the external environment. Several caves have been opened to public visitation before any studies were performed and the places do not have scientific monitoring of the fauna, flora, geological and geographical characteristics. These events can lead to the loss of geological and biological information. Considering these aspects, this study aimed to describe the sand fly fauna, including the ecological features, in a limestone cave at the Speleological Province of Bambuí Minas Gerais State, Brazil. A total of 8,354 specimens of sandflies belonging to 29 species were analyzed: Lutzomyia cavernicola 20%, Nyssomyia intermedia 15%, Martinsmyia oliveirai 13%, Evandromyia spelunca 12%, Evandromyia sallesi 11%, Migonemyia migonei 9%, Nyssomyia whitmani 9%, Sciopemyia sordellii 4% and Lutzomyia longipalpis 2%. The others species represent 5% of the total. This manuscript presents data found on richness, diversity, evenness and seasonality, comparing the sand fly fauna trapped in the cave and its surroundings.



Author: Gustavo Mayr de Lima Carvalho, Reginaldo Peçanha Brazil, Mariana Campos das Neves Farah Ramos, Paula Cavalcante Lamy Serra e Mei

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