Classification, evolution, and species groups within the Triatominae.

Schofield, CJ; Galvão, C; (2009) Classification, evolution, and species groups within the Triatominae. Acta tropica, 110 (2-3). pp. 88-100. ISSN 0001-706X DOI:

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Classification of the Triatominae has become a complex balance between traditional approaches and a wide variety of evolutionary interpretations. On the one hand is the need for a stable classification of practical use for those involved in vector surveillance and control. On the other is the desire to adequately reflect evolutionary theory derived from a range of molecular, cytogenetic and morphometric comparisons, with additional complications raised by current interpretations of the subfamily as a recently derived polyphyletic assemblage. Here we review key aspects of triatomine systematics and evolution, to derive a pragmatic classification that seeks to build on traditional morphological concepts within the context of current evolutionary theories.

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Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
PubMed ID: 19385053
Web of Science ID: 266181200002


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