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Anopheles quadrimaculatus (common malaria mosquito)

Synonyms: Anopheles annulimanus

Invasive Species

Anopheles quadrimaculatus a mosquito is the chief vector of malaria in North America. This species prefers habitats with well-developed beds of submergent, floating leaf or emergent aquatic vegetation. Larvae are typically found in sites with abundant rooted aquatic vegetation, such as rice fields and adjacent irrigation ditches, freshwater marshes and the vegetated margins of lakes, ponds and reservoirs.
View ISSG Record: Anopheles quadrimaculatus

Prey / Diet

Bos taurus (cow)[1]
Equus caballus (horse)[1]
Homo sapiens (man)[1]


Parasitized by 
Dirofilaria striata <Unverified Name>[2]
Dirofilaria tenuis <Unverified Name>[2]


North Dakota to Quebec, s. to Texas & Florida;Mexico;

External References



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