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1 July 2009 Identification of Culex (Melanoconion) Species of the United States Using Female Cibarial Armature (Diptera: Culicidae)
Martin R. Williams, Harry M. Savage
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Abstract

Species within the subgenus Culex (Melanoconion) Theobald are the primary enzootic vectors of viruses in the Venezuelan equine encephalitis complex including Everglades virus, and probable enzootic vectors of eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile viruses. Adult females of this subgenus are often difficult or impossible to identify to species based on external morphological characters. The use of female cibarial armature allows for the identification of field-collected adult female specimens of Culex (Melanoconion). The cibarial armatures are described and illustrated for all species from the United States and a key to species using this character is presented.

Martin R. Williams and Harry M. Savage "Identification of Culex (Melanoconion) Species of the United States Using Female Cibarial Armature (Diptera: Culicidae)," Journal of Medical Entomology 46(4), 745-752, (1 July 2009). https://doi.org/10.1603/033.046.0404
Received: 9 September 2008; Accepted: 27 March 2009; Published: 1 July 2009
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cibarial armature
Culex (Melanoconion)
mosquito identification
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