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Mosquitoes of Middle America.

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Rept. no. 12 (Final) 1 Aug 63-30 Sep 76,

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This research has been concerned with detailed studies on the systematics, bionomics, distribution and vector potential of the mosquitoes of Central America, West Indies and adjacent portions of North America and South America. Its principal objective has been to provide basic biological data needed for the rational control of mosquito-borne diseases in these areas, including the United States. The following are among the programs accomplishments A methodology for the collection, rearing and preservation of material as well as the general research procedures for the taxonomic studies, methods of illustration, presentation of data and publication have been developed. More than 11,500 individual collections have been made expressly for the project in all areas except Cuba with more than 86,000 individual rearings from larvae or pupae. Included in this material are reared specimens from all other countries in South America except Uruguay as well as valuable material not previously studied in detail. To date 261 named species have been treated in detail with 89 of these new and with 4 new generic group taxa proposed. This probably represents no more than 25 of the total existing mosquito fauna in the area covered by the project. At least a start has been made in nearly every major group of medical importance in Middle America Aedes, Anopheles, Culex Deinocerites, Haemagogus, Sabethines.

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