Sand fly fauna of South-Eastern Romania, with the description of Phlebotomus (Transphlebotomus) simonahalepae n. sp. (Diptera: Psychodidae)

Cazan C. D., Sandor A. D., ERİŞÖZ KASAP Ö., Alten B., Mihalca A. D.

PARASITES & VECTORS, vol.14, no.1, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s13071-021-04929-6
  • Journal Name: PARASITES & VECTORS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Sand flies, Phlebotomus neglectus, Phlebotomus simonahalepae n. sp, Transphlebotomus, Romania, MASCITTII GRASSI, SANDFLIES, SPECIATION, ARTEMIEV, RECORD
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Background: An entomological study was conducted in the Canaraua Fetii Special Protection Area in the Dobrogea region, South-Eastern Romania. Four sand fly species were recorded at this location between 1968 and 1970: Phlebotomus neglectus, Ph. balcanicus, Ph. sergenti and Sergentomyia minuta. The most abundant sand fly species recorded at that time were Ph. balcanicus and Se. minuta. In the context of a countrywide study to update the sand fly species diversity, we surveyed the same area, recording also a previously unknown Ph. (Transphlebotomus) sp., for which we provide a formal description here.