Volume 75, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In French Guiana, at least five species are known to be sympatically transmitted in sylvatic ecotopes. However, the previous surveys on the phlebotomine sand fly fauna were published 20 years ago. During that period, many ecological changes have occurred. Sand fly collections were conducted with CDC light traps in five stations representing the main ecotopes of French Guiana. A total of 817 sand flies belonging to 2 genera, 18 sub-genera, and 46 different species were identified. The species (16.6% of the collected specimens), (12.7%), (8.0%), and (6.1%) were the most common species. The stratification by height, activity period, and resting site preferences of the most abundant sand flies were analyzed. Population abundance and diversity were compared for each ecotope. The potential of certain sand fly species in leishmaniasis transmission is discussed.


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  • Received : 28 Sep 2005
  • Accepted : 17 Feb 2006

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