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Journal of Parasitology Research
Volume 2013, Article ID 437696, 17 pages
Research Article

Review of the Bat Flies of Honduras, Central America (Diptera: Streblidae)

1Department of Biology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA
2Department of Zoology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL 60605, USA

Received 7 June 2012; Accepted 28 January 2013

Academic Editor: D. D. Chadee

Copyright © 2013 Carl W. Dick. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Streblid bat flies are obligate and host-specific blood-feeding ectoparasites of bats. While the bat flies of some American countries are well studied (e.g., Panama, Venezuela), little is known about Honduran Streblidae. Accumulation of substantial numbers of specimens, from several different collections, has enabled a relatively thorough treatment of the fauna. This study is based on 2,236 specimens representing 17 genera and 43 species of Streblidae. Of those presently reported, 11 genera and 32 species are new records for Honduras, increasing the number of known genera and species by 65% and 74%, respectively. Collection and host data are listed for all known Honduran streblid bat fly species. Comments regarding host associations and specificity, geographic distribution, and taxonomic problems are given in the species accounts.