Distribution of sandflies (Diptera, Psychodidae) in two Ionian islands and northern Greece.

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2011
Authors:Xanthopoulou, K., Anagnostou, V., Ivovic, V., Djurkovic-Djakovic, O., Rogozi, E., Sotiraki, S., Papa, A.
Journal:Vector-Borne and Zoonotic DiseasesVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Abstract A field study on the distribution of phlebotomine sandflies was carried out during summer months of 2009 and 2010 in eight sites in two Ionian islands and in northern Greece. A total of 490 sandflies (74.5% females) were collected. Six species of the Phlebotomus genus and two of the Sergentomyia genus were identified. The species with the widest distribution in the islands were Phlebotomus neglectus (32.8%), Phlebotomus similis (30.3%), Phlebotomus tobbi (16.7%), and P. perfiliewi (15.9%), whereas P. simici (50%), P. neglectus (24.5%), and P. tobbi (9.6%) predominated in the mainland. As most of these species are proven or suspected vectors of human and animal pathogens, prevention measures have to be taken in these areas during the summer months when sandflies are active.

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