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Rhodnius prolixus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Reduviidae
Subfamily: Triatominae
Genus: Rhodnius
Stål, 1859
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Rhodnius is a genus of assassin bug in the subfamily Triatominae (the kissing bugs),[1] and is an important vector in the spread of Chagas disease.[2] The Rhodnius were important models for Sir Vincent Wigglesworth's studies of insect physiology, specifically growth and development.[3]


Rhodnius prolixus
  • Rhodnius amazonicus Almeida, Santos & Sposina, 1973
  • Rhodnius brethesi Matta, 1919 (Tc)
  • Rhodnius colombiensis Moreno Mejía, Galvão & Jurberg, 1999[4]
  • Rhodnius dalessandroi Carcavallo & Barreto, 1976
  • Rhodnius domesticus Neiva & Pinto, 1923 (Tc)
  • Rhodnius ecuadoriensis Lent & León, 1958 (Tc)
  • Rhodnius milesi Carcavallo, Rocha, Galvão, Jurberg, 2001[5]
  • Rhodnius nasutus Stål, 1859 (Tc)
  • Rhodnius neglectus Lent, 1954 (Tc)
  • Rhodnius neivai Lent, 1953
  • Rhodnius pallescens Barber, 1932 (Tc) (principal vector in Panama).
  • Rhodnius paraensis Sherlock, Guitton & Miles, 1977 (Tc)
  • Rhodnius pictipes Stål, 1872 (Tc)
  • Rhodnius prolixus Stål, 1859 (Tc) (principal vector in Colombia and Venezuela, and in Guatemala, Honduras and some parts of Nicaragua and El Salvador).
  • Rhodnius robustus Larrousse, 1927 (Tc)
  • Rhodnius stali Lent, Jurberg & Galvão, 1993 (Tc)

Species marked with (Tc) are associated with Trypanosoma cruzi


  1. ^ Ribes, Eva; Goula, Marta and JeremÍas, Xavier (2008). "Assassin Bugs, Kissing Bugs and Others (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)". In Capinera, John L. et al. Encyclopedia of Entomology 1. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 311–319. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_10368. ISBN 978-1-4020-6242-1. 
  2. ^ Lent, Herman and Wygodzinsky, Pedro (1979). "Revision of the Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae), and their significance as vectors of Chagas' disease. Revisión de los Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae) y su significado como vectores del mal de Chagas". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 163: 123–520. Archived (PDF) from the original on 19 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Sadava, David E.; Heller, H. Craig; Orians, Gordon H. and Purves, William K. (2008). "Chapter 41: Animal Hormones". Life: The Science of Biology (eighth ed.). Sunderland, Massachusetts: Sinauer Associates (Macmillan). pp. 874–895, page 876. ISBN 978-0-7167-7671-0. 
  4. ^ Mejia, J. M.; Galvão, C. and Jurberg, J. (1999). "Rhodnius colombiensis sp. n. da Colômbia, com quadros comparativos entre estruturas fálicas do gênero Rhodnius Stål, 1859 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae)". Entomologia y Vectores (in Spanish) 6: 601–617. 
  5. ^ Valente, V. C.; Valente, S. A. S.; Carcavallo, R. U.; Rocha, D. S.; Galvão, C. and Jurberg, J. (2001). "Considerações sobre uma nova espécie do gênero Rhodnius Stål, do estado do Pará, Brasil (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae)". Entomologia y Vectores (in Spanish) 8 (1): 65–80. 

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