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Culex quinquefasciatus (southern house mosquito)

Synonyms: Culex acer; Culex aestuans; Culex aikenii; Culex albolineatus; Culex anxifer; Culex aseyehae; Culex autumnalis; Culex barbarus; Culex cartroni; Culex christophersii; Culex cingulatus; Culex cubensis; Culex didieri; Culex fatigans; Culex fouchowensis; Culex hensemaeon; Culex luteoannulatus; Culex macleayi; Culex minor; Culex nigrirostris; Culex pallidocephala; Culex penafieli; Culex pungens; Culex pygmaeus; Culex quasilinealis; Culex quasipipiens; Culex raymondii; Culex reesi; Culex revocator; Culex sericeus; Culex serotinus; Culex skusii; Culex trillineatus; Culex zeltneri; Culicelsa fuscus

Wikipedia Abstract

Culex quinquefasciatus (earlier known as Culex fatigans), the southern house mosquito, is a medium-sized mosquito found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It is the vector of Wuchereria bancrofti, avian malaria, and arboviruses including St. Louis encephalitis virus, Western equine encephalitis virus, and West Nile virus. It is taxonomically regarded as a member of the Culex pipiens species complex.
View Wikipedia Record: Culex quinquefasciatus

Invasive Species

The mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus is one of the most common and widespread members of the Culex pipiens (Cx. pipiens) complex, which includes vectors of St. Louis encephalitis virus, West Nile virus, Rift Valley fever virus and bird malarias such as Plasmodium relictum. This mosquito is brown with cross veins on narrow wings and narrow cross bands on the abdomen, which is blunt at the tip. From the fifteenth century to the present, successive waves of invasion of vector mosquitoes have been facilitated by worldwide ship transport. Mosquito borne diseases are likely to be spread by local and long-distance air travel unless control measures are implemented. C. quinquefasciatus poses a risk to avifauna in isolated island ecosystems such as those in the Hawaiian and Galapagos archipelago.
View ISSG Record: Culex quinquefasciatus

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Al Wathba Wetland Reserve 1236 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates      

Prey / Diet

Homo sapiens (man)[1]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Brugia malayi <Unverified Name>[2]
Dirofilaria immitis (Heartworm)[2]
Foleyella furcata <Unverified Name>[2]
Haemogregarina breinli <Unverified Name>[3]
Plasmodium relictum <Unverified Name>[3]
Romanomermis iyengari <Unverified Name>[2]
Romanomermis yunanensis <Unverified Name>[2]
Setaria cervi <Unverified Name>[2]
Wuchereria bancrofti (Filaria)[2]

Distribution

California to Maryland, s. to Florida,cosmotropical;

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
3Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
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