Volume 100, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Chagas disease is a public health problem caused by the protozoan that affects about 8 million people worldwide. The main form of transmission of is vectorial, through triatomines feces contaminated with the parasite. All species are considered as potential vectors of . The main identification keys of these vectors are based only on morphological characters. However, there are very similar or even same species (cryptic species) that may lead to wrong classification of the vectors. Therefore, we developed an identification key using cytogenetic data, to aid and help the correct classification of triatomines. From the cytogenetic characters, identification keys were created for the five Brazilian states (Alagoas, Amapá, Ceará, Roraima, and Santa Catarina). These data are important because the correct classification of triatomines helps directly the activity of the vector control programs.


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  • Received : 26 Jan 2018
  • Accepted : 16 Apr 2018
  • Published online : 17 Dec 2018

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