> Aedes aegypti
Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito)
Synonyms: Culex albopalposus; Culex anguste-alatus; Culex annulitarsis; Culex argenteus; Culex augens; Culex bancrofti; Culex calopus; Culex elegans; Culex exagitans; Culex excitans; Culex fasciatus; Culex frater; Culex inexorabilis; Culex insatiabilis; Culex kououpi; Culex mosquito; Culex rossii; Culex taeniatus; Culex toxorhynchus; Culex viridifrons; Duttonia alboannulis; Mimeteomyia pulcherrima; Stegomyia atritarsis; Stegomyia canariensis; Stegomyia luciensis; Stegomyia nigeria; Stegomyia queenslandensis
The yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) is a mosquito that can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever viruses, and other diseases. The mosquito can be recognized by white markings on its legs and a marking in the form of a lyre on the thorax. The mosquito originated in Africa but is now found in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world.
Usual range Texas to S. Car., s. to Florida,Pantropical, widesp. AU, Malaysia;
The yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti is very common in urban and suburban areas in the tropic and subtropic regions. It is adapted to close association with humans and the female feeds almost exclusively on human blood. A. aegypti is the domestic vector of the yellow fever virus, caused epidemics of yellow fever in the Americas (before the 1940's) and recently in West Africa, and is responsible for 'urban yellow fever' - direct transmission of the virus between humans. A. aegypti is also the most important carrier of the dengue virus, although it is not paticularly susceptible to viral infection compared with other mosquito species.