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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.]
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(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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Black flies (Simulium species) are the common definitive host of Leucocytozoon species, and naturally occur in Italy and southern Europe.
Bu sonuc kullanilan yonteme bagli olabilecegi gibi guvercinlerin diger haemoprotozoonlarin vektorlerine (sivrisinek, Simulium) maruz kalmalarindaki farklilik ile aciklanabilir.
The infecting parasite, Onchocerca volvulus, is transmitted by the bite of the Black Fly, appropriately named Simulium damnosum, and so the programme began in 1974 with spraying from' helicopters of the fly's habitats along streams.
The Simulium nigrimanum was detected as being the predominant species in a high EPF (10) prevalence area.
A new black fly isolate of Bacillus thuringiensis autoagglutinating strain highly toxic to Simulium pertinax (Kollar) (Diptera, Simuliidae) larvae.
En el rio Opia se capturo en sitios con sustratos de guijarro y roca, y en la mayoria estaba presente Simulium. En las estaciones T y 3P Simulium se presento con el doble de abundancia que Cardiocladius mientras que en EP y MF la abundancia de este genero fue mayor que la de Simulium.
Onchocerciasis (river blindness) is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) caused by the parasite Onchocerca volvulus and transmitted by riverine vectors of Simulium sp.
(40.) Weiser, J., A mosquito-virulent Bacillus sphaericus in adult Simulium damnosum from Northern Nigeria.