Panstrongylus (genus)

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Panstrongylus megistus (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): W. Linsenmaier
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Panstrongylus Berg, 1879

This genus of kissing bugs contains more than 10 species, found in South and Central America. Most of them are sylvatic and are associated with a variety of habitats and hosts. Other species infest human dwellings, bite humans and are important vectors of Chagas disease. The most significant vectors are Panstrongylus megistus and Panstrongylus geniculatus. The genus is characterized by the shape of the head.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: