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Feeding success and trappability of horse flies evaluated with electrocuting nets and odour-baited traps

MO Muzari, RE Jones, LF Skerratt, TL Duran



The relative capacity of different tabanid species to mechanically transmit infectious diseases was assessed by comparing their feeding success on a horse. Ten species were intercepted with electrocuting nets while approaching and leaving the horse: the most abundant were Tabanus pallipennis, Pseudotabanus silvester and Tabanus townsvilli. Of the tabanid species that managed to bite, the highest proportions of partially fed flies, which could potentially transmit pathogens to their next host, were for T. pallipennis (49%) and Dasybasis oculata (48%), while the lowest was in P. silvester (11%). T. townsvilli and T. dorsobimaculatus did not obtain blood meals, possibly because of their sensiti..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Chris Coleman, Scott Cullen and Jeff Palpratt for logistic support, and Dr. GA. Vale for constructive comments on earlier drafts of part of the manuscript. Funding for this research was provided by the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (ABCRC) for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, James Cook University.