Acta Biológica Colombiana
Print version ISSN 0120-548X
VIVERO, RAFAEL J; MUSKUS, CARLOS and TORRES G., CAROLINA. Fauna of Phlebotominae (Diptera: Psychodidae) in Acandí (Chocó, Colombia). Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.1, pp. 209-218. ISSN 0120-548X.
The geographic region called Chocó-Darién-Caribe is a tropical forest ecosystem considered of great diversity but still a poorly known region. The current study focuses on some phlebotominae species collected in a geographic area where it has been documented cutaneous leishmaniasis transmission. An entomological study was conducted at the Natural Reserve El Aguacate, in Acandí municipality, Chocó. Sampling methods included light traps such as CDC and collections of adult sand flies in resting sites such as tree buttresses using mouth aspirators devices. The collection findings comprise a total of 1205 phlebotominae adults, with some species of note such as Lutzomyia panamensis, Lutzomyia trapidoi, Lutzomyia gomezi, Lutzomyia sanguinaria, Lutzomyia olmeca bicolor and Lutzomyia hartmanni which are recognized as potential vectors of cutaneous leishmaniasis in the new world. Sixteen species of the genus Lutzomyia França and two species of the genus Brumptomyia Sherlock are recorded for the colombian Darién-Caribe region. The species Lutzomyia atroclavata (Knab) and Brumptomyia mesai (Sherlock) are new findings in Chocó. This study is a contribution to the phlebotominae species of Acandí municipality in Chocó.
Keywords : Phlebotominae; Leishmaniasis; Lutzomyia; Brumptomyia; Chocó.