M. Maroli, M. Gramiccia, L. Gradoni, P.D. Ready, D.F. Smith, C. Aquino; Natural infections of phlebotomine sandflies with Trypanosomatidae in central and south Italy. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 1988; 82 (2): 227-228. doi: 10.1016/0035-9203(88)90421-X
In a survey of Leishmania infections of phlebotomine sandflies caught in central and south Italy in 1986, zymodeme MON-1 (Montpellier 1) of Leishmania infantum was isolated from Phlebotomus perniciosus and L. tarentolae [= Trypanosoma platydactyli?] was isolated from Sergentomyia minuta, providing for mainland Italy the first direct proof of these long-suspected parasite-vector associations. The roles of P. perfiliewi and P. perniciosus in the transmission of Leishmania spp. in Italy are discussed.