Jan 1, 1980

Simulium species of the amazonicum group as vectors of Mansonella ozzardi in the Brazilian Amazon

Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
A J ShelleyM A Moraes


Experimental infection with Mansonella ozzardi of common haematophagous Diptera collected at a Ticuna Indian village on the upper reaches of the Solimões river in the Brazilian Amazon, showed that Simulium amazonicum and Simulium n.sp. are capable of supporting full development of the parasite. Natural infections with this filaria were found in both species including infective larvae in Simulium n.sp. No development of M. ozzardi occurred in Mansonia amazonensis, Culicoides insinuatus or Lepiselaga crassipes (Tabanidae). The dimensions of developing larvae of M. ozzardi in both species of black-fly were recorded. Infective larvae of this species may easily be distinguished from those of Onchocerca volvulus, also transmitted in the Amazon by a species closely resembling S. amazonicum, by the presence of a bifid tail and higher anal ratio in M. ozzardi.

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Trichoderma amazonicum
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Euphorbia crassipes
Mansonia <angiosperm>
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