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Revista de Biología Tropical

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RAMOS-ELORDUY, Julieta; LANDERO-TORRES, Ivonne; MURGUIA-GONZALEZ, Joaquín  and  PINO M, José M. Biodiversidad antropoentomofágica de la región de Zongolica, Veracruz, México. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2008, vol.56, n.1, pp.303-316. ISSN 0034-7744.

Anthropoentomophagic biodiversity of the Zongolica region, Veracruz, Mexico. During two and a half years (2003-2005) we recorded the insect species used as food at Zongolica, Veracruz State, Mexico. Interviews were made among people (200) of this municipality to know which insects they consumed. The total of registered species was 57 (Orthoptera, Hemiptera, Homoptera, Megaloptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera). The Orthoptera was the most frequently ingested. Twenty-four of these species were new records for edible insects of Mexico. They are eaten in immature stages or as adults, generally only roasted. Consumption is seasonal. Some species are commercialized in the "tianguis" (little town markets) and/or in the larger Zongolica market. There is a "protoculture" of three species, one cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae Fabricius) and two moths (Latebraria amphipyroides Guenée and Arsenura armida armida Cramer). In Zongolica, anthropoentomophagy is an ancestral habit. Rev. Biol. Trop. 56 (1): 303-316. Epub 2008 March 31

Keywords : edible insects; biodiversity; Zongolica; Veracruz; Mexico.

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