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1 September 2008 Feeding Patterns of Haemagogus capricornii and Haemagogus leucocelaenus (Diptera: Culicidae) in Two Brazilian States (Rio de Janeiro and Goiás)
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We present the identification of bloodfeeding sources of Haemagogus (Haemagogus) capricornii Lutz and Haemagogus (Conopostegus) leucocelaenus (Dyar & Shannon) (Diptera: Culicidae) from different regions of Brazil, as analyzed by precipitin tests. Anti-sera for bird, bovine, equine, human, opossum, and rodent were used. Two hundred one mosquitoes were examined (147 Hg. leucocelaenus and 54 Hg. capricornii), of which 177 reacted for some anti-serum. For Hg. leucocelaenus, 86 (68.3%) reacted to one blood source, 38 (30.2%) to two sources, and two (1.6%) to three sources; the combinations of bird human (18.4%), bird rodent (15.8%), and bird marsupial (15.8%) were the most frequent. For Hg. capricornii, 34 (66.7%) reacted to one blood source; combinations bird rodent (37.5%) and bird marsupial (25%) were the most frequent combinations. Mosquito preference for bloodfeeding sources was different in these areas, possibly because of the availability of sources. This diversity of sources can have important epidemiological implications.

Jeronimo Alencar, Carlos Brisola Marcondes, Nicolau MauéS. Serra-Freire, Elias Seixas Lorosa, Juliana Barreto Pacheco, and Anthony Érico Guimarães "Feeding Patterns of Haemagogus capricornii and Haemagogus leucocelaenus (Diptera: Culicidae) in Two Brazilian States (Rio de Janeiro and Goiás)," Journal of Medical Entomology 45(5), 873-876, (1 September 2008). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585(2008)45[873:FPOHCA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 22 June 2007; Accepted: 9 June 2008; Published: 1 September 2008
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