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1 June 2017 Diversity, Ecology, and Seasonality of Sand Flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) of the Jenin District (Palestinian Territories)
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The diversity, ecology, and seasonality for sand flies from two localities in Jenin District, the Palestinian Territories, were studied. A total of 12,579 sand flies (5,420 Phlebotomus and 7,159 Sergentomyia) were collected during the study period. The genera Phlebotomus and Sergentomyia are represented by 13 and nine species and subspecies, respectively. Species account was given for all collected species. CDC light traps yielded 7,649 (60.8%) of the total captured sand flies, while sticky traps and aspirators contributed to 36.4 and 2.8% of the total collected specimens, respectively. Phlebotomus sergenti and P. syriacus showed two peaks, one in July and one in October. Phlebotomus tobbi showed one peak towards the end of the summer in September and August, while P. papatasi showed a bimodal peaks pattern, one in June and one in October. Phlebotomus canaaniticus showed a peak in August. P. perfiliewi transcaucasicus and P. neglectus showed a peak in October. Sergentomyia dentata showed one peak in August and increasing numbers from June to August, declining afterwards. Other species, such as S. theodori, had one peak in June, S. taizi had steady numbers across the summer, and S. christophersi had a peak in August.

Samir S. Sawalha, Asad Ramlawi, Ramzi M. Sansur, Ibrahim Mohammad Salem, and Zuhair S. Amr "Diversity, Ecology, and Seasonality of Sand Flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) of the Jenin District (Palestinian Territories)," Journal of Vector Ecology 42(1), 120-129, (1 June 2017). https://doi.org/10.1111/jvec.12246
Received: 6 November 2016; Accepted: 1 December 2016; Published: 1 June 2017
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