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Biosystematics of Aedes (Neomelaniconion).
Annual rept. 5 May 86-4 May 87,
SAN FRANCISCO UNIV CA DEPT OF BIOLOGY
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The objective of the Biosystematics of Aedes Neomelaniconion project is to produce a modern taxonomic monograph of the aedine subgenus Neomelaniconion by using comparative morphological taxonomic procedures and characteristics from both sexes and all stages of the, life cycle. During the first contract year, facilities, specimen, equipment, and supplies were obtained, and staff was hired and trained. All specimens of Neomelaniconion have been tentatively identified and 21 species are represented. Collecting soil samples is not an efficient way to obtain Neomelaniconion and rearing progeny in the laboratory from eggs laid by females blooded in the field yields the best and most useful specimens. Sympatric species often are so variable that it may not be possibloe to prepare simple keys to distinguish females and larvae of them taxonomic problems exists with the specific limits of fuscinervis and of palpalis and the species related to it or similar to it and the eggs of Neomelaniconion may provide valuable taxonomic characters.
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