Trends and Perspectives

Feeding behaviour of pathogen-infected vectors

D. H. Molyneuxa1 and D. Jefferiesa1 p1

a1 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT

Evidence from many sources indicates that, in several parasite–vector systems, flight ability, fecundity or gonotrophic concordance of vectors, are affected by parasites (including bacteria, rickettsia and viruses) and in some cases parasites cause well-documented pathogenic effects (see reviews, for example, by Lavoipierre (1958a) and Hawking & Worms (1961) on filaria; Molyneux (1977, 1983) for trypanosomatids; Killick-Kendrick (1979) for Leishmania).

(Accepted November 08 1985)


p1 Swiss Tropical Institute, Socinstrasse 57, CH4051 Baste, Switzerland.