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    Chagas disease is one of the most important vector-borne diseases in Latin America, including Mexico. Recently, autochthonous cases have also been detected in the United States of America. It is suspected that two subspecies of Triatoma rubida (Uhler), T. r. sonoriana (Usinger) and T. r. uhleri (Usinger), considered efficient vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi Chagas in Mexico, could interbreed and potentially generate offspring with superior biological characteristics. In this study, the biological parameters of T. r. sonoriana, T. r. uhleri and their laboratory hybrids were evaluated. Hybrids of the two subspecies surpassed both parental subspecies, T. r. sonoriana and T. r. uhleri, in three (numbers of required blood meals to molt [16-20], feeding [10.5-17 min] and defecation times [˂1 min post-feeding]) of nine studied biological parameters. Moreover, the hybrids surpassed T. r. uhleri in two additional parameters, development time (298 d) and mortality (39-42%). Both the hybrid and the two parental cohorts had comparable results in the remaining four (onset of feeding, number of obtained females, number of eggs laid, and eclosion rate) of nine studied parameters. Thus, we conclude that hybrid vigor could result in an increased risk of T. cruzi transmission to humans and animals. © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail:


    José Alejandro Martínez-Ibarra, Benjamín Nogueda-Torres, Oziel Dante Montañez-Valdez, J Guadalupe Michel-Parra, Ricardo Valenzuela-Campos. Biological Parameters of Two Triatoma rubida Subspecies (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) and Their Laboratory Hybrids. Journal of medical entomology. 2020 Sep 07;57(5):1390-1398

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