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Host Spectrum

Host preferences vary among tsetse species. Members of the palpalis group feed mainly on reptiles, bushbuck, oxen, and occasionally smaller mammals and humans visiting the watering spots. Members of the morsitans feed mostly on the mammals of the savannah. The one forest-dwelling species in the savannah group (Glossina austeni), feeds exclusively on suids. The fusca group feeds on a variety of host species, including bushbuck, buffalo, other cattle etc. (see Krinsky, 2002). Humans are not the preferred host of any of these fly species.

Further information

  • Krinsky WL: Tsetse flies (Glossinidae). In: Mullen G, Durden L (eds.): Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 2002, Academic Press, London, pp 303-16

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