Distribution of phlebotomine sandflies, of the subgenus Larroussius, in Morocco

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Adult sandflies (Diptera: Psychodidae) of the genus Phlebotomus and of the subgenus Larroussius were collected with sticky traps from thirty-four localities in central and south-western Morocco. Four Larroussius species were present in this area, Phlebotomus perniciosus Newstead, being the most widespread and abundant species particularly in the mountainous area, was sympatric with the closely related species Phlebotomus longicuspis Nitzulescu. Only one male of P. perniciosus displayed the bifid copulatory valves characteristic of the species. All specimens showed copulatory valves curved at their apex. The number of coxite hairs is a taxonomical tool that differentiates this morph of P. perniciosus from P. longicuspis. Phlebotomus ariasi Tonnoir was collected from six mountainous stations. Phlebotomus mariae Rioux et al. was scarce; only five males were collected and were often associated with P. ariasi.

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