Volume 95, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The transmission dynamics of many arboviruses in the Amazon Basin region have not been fully elucidated, including the vectors and natural reservoir hosts. Identification of blood meal sources in field-caught mosquitoes could yield information for identifying potential arbovirus vertebrate hosts. We identified blood meal sources in 131 mosquitoes collected from areas endemic for arboviruses in the Peruvian Department of Loreto by sequencing polymerase chain reaction amplicons of the gene. () , () , , s.l., and s.l. had mainly anthropophilic feeding preferences; () , and () had feeding preferences for peridomestic animals; and () spp. fed on a variety of vertebrates, mainly rodents (spiny rats), birds, and amphibians. On the basis of these feeding preferences, many mosquitoes could be considered as potential enzootic and bridge arbovirus vectors in the Amazon Basin of Peru.


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  • Received : 03 Mar 2016
  • Accepted : 11 Jul 2016
  • Published online : 02 Nov 2016

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