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Acknowledgments

This work has benefited from international collaboration through the ECLAT network. It is partly based on a chapter published by the Belgian Academy of Overseas Sciences.81

Glossary

Most of the very specialized words are explained in the text; a few others are defined here.

anemia A deficiency of red blood cells.

exopterygotes Insects with incomplete metamorphosis, changing form only gradually from the immature stages to the adult; the young resemble adults but have externally- developing wings (e.g., triatomine nymph to adult).

monophyletic group Contains an ancestor and all of its descendants—Descending from a single, common ancestor.

paraphyletic group A group of organisms that includes an ancestor but not all of its descendants.

polyphyletic group A group of organisms having multiple origins, thus not sharing a common ancestor.

proboscis Long mouthpart, feeding tube of the kissing bug appearing as an elongated appendage from the head; in kissing bugs, it is an articulated appendage.

rupicolous Thriving among or inhabiting rocks (“saxicolous” has similar meaning).

synanthropic Ecologically associated with humans.

stercorarian Of fecal origin; said of trypanosomes passed to the recipient in the feces (an alternative mode of transmission is “salivation”).

stridulatory sulcus A vibratory communication organ of the head playing a role in the sexual behavior of the bugs.96

tropicopolitan Inhabiting all tropical climate countries, thus covering various continents.

 
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