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Culex quinquefasciatus (southern house mosquito)


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, zika virus and West Nile virus. It is taxonomically regarded as a member of the Culex pipiens species complex. Its genome was sequenced in 2010, and was shown to have 18,883 protein-coding genes.
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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.
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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]



California to Maryland, s. to Florida,cosmotropical;

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
3Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
Protected Areas provided by Ramsar Sites Information Service
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