Beakers with aeration were used to rear individual (single) egg batches of Simulium damnosum (Theobald) s.l. to larvae and adults. Chromosomal analysis of the progeny of individual females indicated that multiple mating occurred within the S. damnosum complex and that hybridization occurred between S. damnosum s.s. and S. sirbanum (Vajime & Dunbar) in nature. These results indicate that possibly more extensive hybridization may be taking place in some areas of the Onchocerciasis Control Program than previously reported. Dramatic changes in the rates of hybridization among members of the S. damnosum complex possibly may lead to the formation of new cytotypes.
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