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      [Vital statistics of Rhodnius neivai Lent, 1953 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) under experimental conditions].

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          A statistical evaluation of the population dynamics of R. neivai is based on six cohorts experiments conducted under controlled laboratory conditions. Two blood sources were offered to animals: rabbit and hen. Egg hatching, nymphal development time and mortality, adult longevity and age-specific mortality, female age-specific fecundity and fertility were determined. In addition, some population parameters were evaluated, such as: life expectancy, intrinsic rate of natural increase, net reproduction rate, finite rate of increase, reproductive value and stable age distribution. Life cycle was longer in the animals fed on rabbit, nymphal survival was slightly higher in the individuals fed on hen. Age of first reproduction was lower in the insects fed on hen, but reproductive output and total number of reproductive weeks were greater in the cohorts fed on rabbit. Intrinsic and finite rate of increase were greater in the animals fed on hen. Generation time was slightly greater in the cohorts fed on rabbit. Net reproduction rate was similar on both blood sources, although it was slightly bigger in the individuals fed on rabbit. Reproductive value in the insects fed on rabbit was twice as much as the registered in the animals fed on hen.

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          Journal
          Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz
          Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
          0074-0276
          0074-0276
          October 1 1987
          : 82
          : 4
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Biología, Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela.
          Article
          S0074-02761987000400008
          3333946

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