Trapping triatominae in silvatic habitats

  • Noireau F
  • Abad-Franch F
  • Valente S
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Abstract

Large-scale trials of a trapping system designed to collect silvatic Triatominae are reported. Live-baited adhesive traps were tested in various ecosystems and different triatomine habitats (arboreal and terrestrial). The trials were always successful, with a rate of positive habitats generally over 20% and reaching 48.4% for palm trees of the Amazon basin. Eleven species of Triatominae belonging to the three genera of public health importance (Triatoma, Rhodnius and Panstrongylus) were captured. This trapping system provides an effective way to detect the presence of triatomines in terrestrial and arboreal silvatic habitats and represents a promising tool for ecological studies. Various lines of research are contemplated to improve the performance of this trapping system.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Arboreal ecotopes
  • Silvatic environment
  • Terrestrial ecotopes
  • Trapping system
  • Triatominae

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Authors

  • François Noireau

  • Fernando Abad-Franch

  • Sebastiäo A.S. Valente

  • Artur Dias-Lima

  • Catarina M. Lopes

  • Vanda Cunha

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