Behavioral parameters of six populations of Meccus phyllosomus longipennis (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) from areas with high and low prevalences of Trypanosoma cruzi human infection

José Alejandro Martínez-Ibarra, Benjamín Nogueda-Torres, Oziel Dante Montañez-Valdez, J. Guadalupe Michel-Parra, Miguel Ángel Ambriz-Santos

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Abstract

© 2020 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences Three behaviors of epidemiological importance, namely feeding latency, feeding duration and defecation latency, for six populations of Meccus phyllosomus longipennis (Usinger) from areas of central, western and north-central Mexico with high (HP) and low (LP) prevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas) human infection were evaluated in this study. The median feeding latency (the time taken to begin feeding) was highly variable between instars. Within–instar comparisons showed that at least 65% of the LP populations (N3 to adult) started to feed significantly (P < 0.05) later than the HP population, with N1 showing no difference, and N2 from LP populations feeding sooner than those from HP populations. The six populations had similar median feeding durations within instars. A higher (P < 0.05) percentage of the instars from HP populations defecated faster than the respective instars from the three LP populations. Approximately 25% of the young nymphs (N1 to N3) and females in the HP populations defecated < 2 min postfeeding, compared with 4%–6% of the young nymphs and 1.3%–3% of females in the LP populations. Moreover, 17.7%–38.8% of the older nymphs (N4 to N5) in the HP populations and 6.8%–13.4% in the LP populations defecated during or immediately after feeding. Our results indicate that the HP populations have a greater potential than the LP populations to transmit T. cruzi infections, which may underlie the differences in the prevalence of T. cruzi infection in some areas where M. p. longipennis is currently distributed.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalInsect Science
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StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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