Section 4
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Shape of tarsal claws and host preferences in species of the Simulium damnosum complex (Diptera: Simuliidae)

Kruger, A.; Garms, R.

Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Allgemeine und Angewandte Entomologie 11(1/6): 793-794


ISSN/ISBN: 0344-9084
Accession: 003271384

According to R.W. Crosskey (1990) (The natural history of blackflies. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, NY, USA; 711 pp.), the shape of the basal tooth of the tarsal claws points to the host preferences of female blackflies. Claws with a large tooth are typical of bird feeders, whereas toothless claws can be found in mammalophilic species.

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