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(Left to right) Triatoma protracta, the most common species in the western U.S.; Triatoma gerstaeckeri, the most common species in Texas; Triatoma sanguisuga, the most common species in the eastern U.S.
Scientific classification

Laporte, 1832

See text.

Triatoma is a genus of assassin bug in the subfamily Triatominae (kissing bugs). The members of Triatoma (like all members of Triatominae) are blood-sucking insects that can transmit serious diseases, such as Chagas disease. Their saliva may also trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, up to and including severe anaphylactic shock.[1]


These are species according to reliable sources.[2][3][4] NOTE: The designation (Tc) signifies that the species is associated with Trypanosoma cruzi.

Fossil taxa:


  1. ^ "Triatomine Bug FAQs". Centers For Disease Control And Prevention: Parasites - American Trypanosomiasis (also known as Chagas Disease). 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2016-09-15. Could I be allergic to the bite of a triatomine bug? -- Yes. The saliva of certain types of triatomines can cause an allergic reaction in some people. An allergic reaction may be characterized by severe redness, itching, swelling, welts, hives, or, rarely, anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reaction). ... It is important to note that not all triatomines are infected with the parasite even though they may cause an allergic reaction.
  2. ^ CLEBER GALVÃO, RODOLFO CARCAVALLO, DAYSE DA SILVA ROCHA & JOSÉ JURBERG (2003) A checklist of the current valid species of the subfamily Triatominae Jeannel, 1919 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae) and their geographical distribution, with nomenclatural and taxonomic notes. Zootaxa 202: 1-36.
  3. ^ Lima-Cordón, Raquel Asunción; Monroy, María Carlota; Stevens, Lori; Rodas, Antonieta; et al. (2019). "Description of Triatoma huehuetenanguensis sp. n., a potential Chagas disease vector (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae)". ZooKeys. Pensoft (820): 51–70. doi:10.3897/zookeys.820.27258. PMC 6361876. PMID 30728739.
  4. ^ Dorn, Patricia L.; Justi, Silvia A.; Dale, Carolina; Stevens, Lori; et al. (2018). "Description of Triatoma mopan sp. n. from a cave in Belize (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae)". ZooKeys. Pensoft (775): 69–95. doi:10.3897/zookeys.775.22553. PMC 6058004. PMID 30057472.

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