Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_548-2


Greek: keras = horn and pogon = beard.


General Information

This family of Diptera comprises four genera: Culicoides, Leptoconops, Lasiohelea, and Austroconops (Figs. 15). Culicoides is the most widespread and abundant with 800 species (Table 1). There are fewer species (120) of Leptoconops, but they are widely distributed, and their bite is even more painful than that of Culicoides. The genus Lasiohelea is as widely distributed as Leptoconops with relatively few species (150). Only one species is known of Austroconops ( A. macmillanii) in Australia.


Salt Marsh Blood Meal General Mating Tree Leaf Temperate Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany