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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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The disease is spread by Simulium damnosum which breads in fast-flowing waters like dams and rivers.
One of the two black fly vectors here, Simulium exiguum, is one of the most efficient transmitters of onchocerciasis in the Americas, comparable to Simulium damnosum, the major vector in Africa.
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).
Similarity in oviposition aggregation pheromone composition within the Simulium damnosum (Diptera:Simuliidae) species complex.
Morphometric characterization of members of the Simulium damnosum Theobald complex (Diptera: Simuliidae) from East and West Africa.
The biting cycles, infective biting density and transmission potential of "forest" Simulium damnosum.
The Vampire fly, Simulium damnosum, resembles the common black fly, but is actually a cousin of the hated buffalo gnat.
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).