Triatoma infestans


Triatoma infestans

Taxobox | name = "Triatoma infestans"



image_width = 240px
image_caption = "Triatoma infestans" 1st nymph on a human host
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Arthropoda
classis = Insecta
ordo = Hemiptera
familia = Reduviidae
genus = "Triatoma"
species = "T. infestans"
binomial = "Triatoma infestans"
binomial_authority = Klug, 1834

"Triatoma infestans" is a blood-sucking bug (like all the members of its subfamily Triatominae) and the most important vector of Chagas disease. It is widespread in the Southern Cone countries of South America; that is, in Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Brazil and Peru. In all these countries "T. infestans" is almost an exclusively domestic species, except in Bolivia where sylvatic forms have been recorded in rock piles in association with wild guinea pigs. This region has joined the control intervention called "Southern Cone Initiative" managed by the PAHO.

External links

* [http://www.arose.net/triatoma/ Information on "Triatoma infestans" and other members of Triatominae] , by Andreas Rose

* [http://triatominae.tripod.com/iin.htm Information on Triatominae] , by Fernando Otálora-Luna


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