Contact: Beth King
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Caption: Traditionally, entomologists depended on characters like this male terminal segment to distinquish sand fly species. Because females (the vectoring sex) have less distinquishing morphological characters, this survey used the COI barcoding gene to confirm species identities.
Credit: Don Windsor
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