The palm tree Copernicia cerifera (carnaúba) as an ecotope of Rhodnius nasutus in rural areas of the State of Piauí Northeastern Brazil

Artur da S. Pinto, Dalva N. da C. Bento
1986 Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical  
The C. cerifera palm tree (carnaúba) is widely distributed in the Northeastem Brazil, including the State of Piauí. This investigation revealed that R. nasutus is the ortly triatomine species captured on that palm tree, in five different localities. 78% of palm trees were infested with triatomines, and 4.0% were infected with flagellates morphologically and biologically indistinguishable from Trypanosoma cruzi. Birds, rodents and marsupials were found as major blood meai sources for R. nasutus.
doi:10.1590/s0037-86821986000400008 pmid:3334280 fatcat:ocrhhtrpefdu3e4r3jctqts4nq