- A genus of very small midges or bloodsucking sand flies that includes various species that are vectors of kala azar, cutaneous leishmaniasis, and phlebotomus fever.
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Observations on the life-history and bionomics of Phlebotomus papatasii.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
Wherever the Phlebotomus flies occur they are an intolerable nuisance.
One species only, Phlebotomus vexator, has been reported for the United States.
Indeed, Townsend believes that there is an intimate relation between Phlebotomus and lizards, or other reptiles the world over.
The relations between lizards and Phlebotomus verrucarum as indicating the reservoir of verruga.