[Antidiuretic mechanism in Rhodnius prolixus (Stal, 1859) (Hemiptera, Reduviidae)]

Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. Oct-Dec 1986;81(4):443-52. doi: 10.1590/s0074-02761986000400012.
[Article in Spanish]


An antidiuretic mechanism is proposed for Rhodnius prolixus, whose activity is manifested when the diuretic phase has terminated and is maintained until the insect has fed again. Presumably this mechanism acts at the level of the proximal rectal sphincter and is inhibited by ingestion, mechanical distension of the gut and central disinhibition by decapitation. It is suggested that the antidiuretic activity is maintained by the nervous system and is modified when there is distention of the gut or when the nervous signal is interrupted by decapitation. It is demonstrated that the excretion of urine in R. prolixus is not controlled exclusively by the diuretic hormone, but rather that factors not linked to the haemolymph maintain the insects in a diuretic or nondiuretic state.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diuresis
  • Eating
  • Female
  • Hemolymph / physiology*
  • Male
  • Rhodnius / physiology*
  • Triatominae / physiology*
  • Vasopressins / metabolism*


  • Vasopressins