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A Comparative Analysis of Key Parameters of the Species of the Subgenus Paraphlebotomus (Diptera, Psychodidae)

Juma Khan Kakarsulemankhel

During an extensive taxonomic study conducted in the whole of the Balochistan Province in 1996-2001, 47 key parameters of male and 38 of female of the four species of the subgenus Paraphlebotomus viz., Phlebotomus sergenti, Ph. alexandri, Ph. andrejevi and Ph. nuri so far recorded from Pakistan are investigated. Some extra facts like hypopharynx and pharynx length / breadth ratio are also found of taxonomic value in both the sexes. In addition, position of ascoid on antennal segments, presence and absence of striations in spermathecal ducts in female and alar index, filament / pump ratio and surstyle length in male were observed to be of taxonomic value. Mouth-parts, antenna 3 and spermathecae of female and male genitalia and antenna 3 of the male Pakistani specimens were compared with the published data of these species from other territories. It is suggested that these extra facts may also be taken in to consideration while identifying sandflies of the genus Paraphlebotomus.

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Juma Khan Kakarsulemankhel , 2004. A Comparative Analysis of Key Parameters of the Species of the Subgenus Paraphlebotomus (Diptera, Psychodidae) . Journal of Biological Sciences, 4: 456-462.

DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2004.456.462


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