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1 January 2009 Description of the Egg of Ochlerotatus japonicus japonicus (Diptera: Culicidae) Using Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscopy
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The egg of Ochlerotatus japonicus japonicus (Theobald) is described with the aid of variable pressure scanning electron micrographs. The egg is black, cigar shaped, and tapers ventrally. The length is ≈591 µm and the width is ≈172 µm. The outer chorionic cells are irregular in shape, either hexagonal or pentagonal, and decrease in size toward the anterior and posterior poles. Ventral tubercles typically range from three to six and contact the chorionic reticulum. Dorsal tubercles contain two large tubercles with small oval-shaped tubercles grouped around them. A large thread-shaped tubercle extends from this grouping either as a single tubercle or as a series of connected tubercles. The micropylar collar is low and discontinuous and is seldom complete. This description will aid researchers in the identification of this invasive vector species.

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Andrew D. Haddow, John K. Moulton, Reid R. Gerhardt, Linda J. Mccuiston, and Carl J. Jones "Description of the Egg of Ochlerotatus japonicus japonicus (Diptera: Culicidae) Using Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscopy," Journal of Medical Entomology 46(1), 9-14, (1 January 2009). https://doi.org/10.1603/033.046.0102
Received: 5 February 2008; Accepted: 1 September 2008; Published: 1 January 2009
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