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GENUS MEPRAIA

Mazza et al., 1940 (Lent et al., 1994)

Note: The genus Mepraia was revalidated by Lent et al. (1994) on the basis of characteristics of the male genitalia of spinolai. However these authors did not consider T. breyeri or T. eratyrusiformis, placed by Lent & Wygodzinsky (1979) in the ‘spinolai complex’. These species require consideration before full revalidation of Mepraia. The status of M. gajardoi, subsequently described by Frias et al.(1998) for populations of spinolai from the northern coastal region of Chile, merits confirmation.

M. gajardoi Frías et al., 1998

Holotype F, paratypes MF: Instituto de Entomologia, Universidad Metropolitana, Santiago de Chile.

Type locality: Caleta Vitor, 65km south of Arica, Region I, Chile

Synonym:

    T. spinolai Porter, 1934 (part)

Distribution: coastal regions of Chile, north of latitude 26°S.

Biology: as for M.spinolai.

 

M. spinolai (Porter, 1934).

Holotype M: FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro

Type locality: Oriente de Vicuña, Prov. Coquimbo (IV region), Chile

Synonyms:

   Triatoma spinolai Porter, 1934

   Triatoma chilena Usinger, 1939 (type said to be in American Museum of Natural History, but could not be found).

   Triatomaptera porteri Neiva & Lent, 1940 (holotype M, allotype F: FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro).

Distribution: Chile (regions I to VI).

Biology: silvatic, mainly under rocks; often peridomestic, especially in stone walls; occasionally domestic (Tc).