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yellow fever mosquito

Scientific Name
Aedes aegypti
Scientific Author
(Linnaeus)
Taxonomy
(Diptera: Culicidae)
Status
Exotic Species Outbreak in Australia
Reliability
High
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Australia: Queensland, Townsville
Source
Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Diagnosis: Recognized by a silvery-white 'lyre-shaped" pattern of scales on its scutum. Segments 1 to 4 of the hind tarsi possess broad basal white rings, segment 5 is white.

A smallish, dark mosquito with conspicuous white markings and banded legs; the proboscis is all black although the palps are white tipped; the scutum has a dorsal pattern of white scales in the form of a 'lyre' with curved lateral and 2 central stripes contrasting with the general covering of narrow dark scales; wings are dark scaled; hind legs with femur pale scaled for basal three-quarters with dark scales dorsally on apical two-thirds and ventrally on apical third, tibia dark but tarsi with pale basal bands on 1-4 and 5 all pale; abdominal tergites with median and lateral white scale patches or bands (possibly some white scales on apical margins), sternites predominantly pale scaled with subapical bands on distal segments.

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See weblink Uni Sydney - Medical Department

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
29/08/2006 11:33 AEST
Last Updated
25/06/2008 11:31 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) Updated on 6/25/2008 11:31:23 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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