Brigham Young University Science Bulletin, Biological Series


Eleven species of Nycteribiidae, all belonging to the genus Basilia, are reported from Venezuela. Of these, two (tuttlei and typhlops) are described as new and four (anomala, dubia, juquiensis, and tiptoni) are recorded for the first time. B. anomala is the first species with three tergal plates to be found in South America. Synonymies, previous localities, and host records are given for all species, as well as new records and comments. Geographical distribution and host-parasite associations are discussed. Field parties of the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project obtained the material on which this paper is based.