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1 March 2008 Pupal Dimensions as Predictors of Adult Size in Fitness Studies of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae)
C. J M. Koenraadt
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Abstract

Adult body size is a central life history character in mosquito fitness studies. I evaluated the predictive values of pupal cephalothorax length, cephalothorax width, and wet weight for adult size (wing length) of male and female Aedes aegypti (L.) (Diptera: Culicidae). Cephalothorax length was the most consistent and accurate predictor of adult size. Width of the cephalothorax and wet weight were more variable, and they significantly decreased shortly before adult emergence. I propose that cephalothorax length could be used as a proxy for adult size to test how physical and biological factors such as resource-limited environments and competition affect mosquito fitness with the advantage that the specimen does not need to be killed.

C. J M. Koenraadt "Pupal Dimensions as Predictors of Adult Size in Fitness Studies of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae)," Journal of Medical Entomology 45(2), 331-336, (1 March 2008). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585(2008)45[331:PDAPOA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 25 September 2007; Accepted: 7 December 2007; Published: 1 March 2008
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KEYWORDS
Aedes aegypti
cephalothorax length
cephalothorax width
fitness
wet weight
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