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Aedes albopictus (forest day mosquito)

Synonyms: Stegomyia nigritia; Stegomyia quasinigritia; Stegomyia samarensis

Wikipedia Abstract

Aedes albopictus (Stegomyia albopicta), from the mosquito (Culicidae) family, also known as (Asian) tiger mosquito or forest mosquito, is a mosquito native to the tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia; however, in the past few decades, this species has spread to many countries through the transport of goods and international travel. It is characterized by its black-and-white-striped legs, and small black-and-white-striped body.
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Invasive Species

The Asian tiger mosquito is spread via the international tire trade (due to the rainwater retained in the tires when stored outside). In order to control its spread such trading routes must be highlighted for the introduction of sterilisation or quarantine measures. The tiger mosquito is associated with the transmission of many human diseases, including the viruses: Dengue, West Nile and Japanese Encephalitis.
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Speed [1]  1.23 MPH (0.55 m/s)


Prey / Diet




Parasitized by 
Dirofilaria immitis (Heartworm)[4]
Dirofilaria repens <Unverified Name>[4]
Setaria cervi <Unverified Name>[4]
Setaria labiatopapillosa <Unverified Name>[4]


Oriental Region, Australia, New Guinea, Mariana Is., Japan;

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1Wikipedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
2Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
3Jorrit 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.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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