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Relative frequency of reproductive abnormalities in a natural population of Glossina morsitans morsitans Westwood (Diptera: Glossinidae) in Zambia



Relative frequency of reproductive abnormalities in a natural population of Glossina morsitans morsitans Westwood (Diptera: Glossinidae) in Zambia



Bulletin of Entomological Research 68(3): 437-442



Dissection of 2337 female Glossina morsitans morsitans Westw., collected over an 11-month period (118-420 per month) from a game reserve in Zambia, revealed that abortion is a regular feature of tsetse reproductive biology and apparently the most frequent reproductive abnormality in the tsetse population. It occurred among flies in all ovarian cycles from 1 to 7+4n (minimum age 10-80 days) and apparently involved all pregnancy stages.

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DOI: 10.1017/s000748530000941x


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