Biosystematics of Aedes (Neomelaniconion)
Final rept. 5 May 86-4 Oct 91,
SAN FRANCISCO UNIV CA
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The objective of the Biosystematics of Aedes Neomelaniconion project is to conduct a modern taxonomic study of this subgenus of mosquitoes by means of classical comparative morphological taxonomic procedures utilizing characteristics from both sexes and all stages in the life cycle. Most specimens examined during the study were collected specifically for the project by the principal investigator on six collecting trips to Africa. Additional specimens were obtained through cooperators. Approximately 14,400 adult mosquitoes were collected in the field or reared in the laboratory and approximately 5,200 of these have associated larval and pupal skins. Most of this material consists of progeny rearings from eggs so that sexes and stages are unquestionably associated. Successful laboratory rearing techniques and forced mating techniques were developed.