Triatomine bugs (Order Hemiptera: Family Reduviidae, Subfamily Triatominae)

  • M. W. Service


The blood-sucking species of reduviid bugs belong to the subfamily Triatominae which comprises 15 genera and almost 100 species and subspecies. Principal species of medical importance are Rhodnius prolixus, Panstrongylus megistus and species of Triatoma such as T. infestans, T. dimidiata, T. brasiliensis and T. maculata. They are commonly called cone-nose bugs, assassin bugs or kissing bugs.


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