Rhodnius (genus)

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Rhodnius prolixus (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Erwin Huebner, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
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Rhodnius Stål, 1859

This genus of kissing bugs is found in Central and South America and includes 15-20 species. Several species are common in domestic environments and suck the blood of humans, domestic animals and other mammals. For other species, the natural habitat appears to be the crown of palm trees where they feed on opossums and birds. The domestic species are vectors of the Chagas disease.


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