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Contributions to the Mosquito Fauna of Southeast Asia. XIV. The Subgenus Stegomyia of Aedes in Southeast Asia I - The Scutellaris Group of Species

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The Aedes scutellaris group of species is the most dominant and complex in the subgenus Stegomyia as shown by the number of species and the variety of types. It has not been studied as a unit since Edwards 1932 and sound revision of the entire group is badly needed. In Southeast Asia the group is comparatively poorly known, the only extensive study previously made in the Oriental region being that of Barraud 1934. In fact, Barrauds work was restricted to India which is the western part of the Oriental region and is not in the SEAMP area. More recently the faunae of individual islands have been examined by Bohart Ingram 194613 for Okinawa and by Knight Hull 1952 for the Philippine Islands. Inadequate material and insufficient descriptions in the past have led to confusion and misidentification in this area, as pointed out by Huang 1968. In order to clarify the situation and in view of the present day interest in the subgenus, because of its medical importance, it has been decided to give a detailed description of all species and the present review is the first of a series which it is hoped will eventually complete the task. Subgeneric characters and classification of the species groups will be discussed in a final paper. The present paper deals with 16 species of the scutellaris group of which 12 are definitely known to occur in the Southeast Asia area, 1 species may occur and 3 others, which are unlikely to be found, are treated here for comparison.

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