Phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) in the Greek Aegean Islands: ecological approaches


Tsirigotakis N., Pavlou C., Christodoulou V., Dokianakis E., Kourouniotis C., Alten B., ...More

PARASITES & VECTORS, vol.11, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s13071-018-2680-4
  • Journal Name: PARASITES & VECTORS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus

Abstract

Background: Blood-sucking phlebotomine sand flies are the vectors of the protozoan parasites Leishmania spp. Different Phlebotomus species transmit different Leishmania species causing leishmaniases which are neglected diseases emerging/reemerging in new regions. Thirteen sand fly species, ten belonging to the medically important genus Phlebotomus and three belonging to Sergentomyia are known in Greece. An increasing number of human and dog cases are reported each year from all parts of the country including the Aegean Islands. However, no previous study has been conducted on the sand fly fauna on the islands, except for Rhodes and Samos. The aim of this study was to investigate sand fly species in eleven small Aegean islands; to understand species-specific relationships with environmental and climatic factors and to compare sand fly community parameters among islands. A risk analysis was carried out for each species using climatic and environmental variables.