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Any of various black flies of the genus Simulium, several species of which transmit the parasitic filarial worms that cause onchocerciasis.

[New Latin Simulium, genus name, from Latin simulāre, to simulate; see simulate.]


(Animals) a blood-sucking, tropical fly of the genus Simulium
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Noun1.simulium - type genus of the Simuliidae: blackfliesSimulium - type genus of the Simuliidae: blackflies
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
family Simuliidae, Simuliidae - blackflies and sand flies
black fly, buffalo gnat, blackfly - small blackish stout-bodied biting fly having aquatic larvae; sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals
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In west Africa, Simulium damnosum sensu lato has been reported to prefer biting the lower limbs of the body, therefore, producing high density of nodules and microfilariae at this location (7,8).
The biting cycles, infective biting density and transmission potential of "forest" Simulium damnosum.
Onchocerciasis (river blindness) is a terminally blinding disease caused by Onchocerca volvulus and it is transmitted by members of Simulium damnosum sensu lato in west Africa (1,2).
The EO area is known to support the breeding of 11 species of blackflies including the Simulium damnosum complex, which is the main vector of endemic onchocerciasis in south-eastern Nigeria (13).
Preliminary evaluation of the repellent activity of some plant essential oils against Simulium damnosum S.
volvulus is transmitted primarily by the Simulium damnosum complex (6-9).