Studies on Uranotaenia at SEAMP. A Plea for Further Material
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION WASHINGTON DC
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The recent note on crab-hole breeding mosquitoes by Charles L. Hogue and Donald B. Bright Mosquito Systematics Newsletter 1469was of more than passing interest to SEAMP. We at SEAMP are presently reviewing the mosquito fauna of Southeast Asia and a surprising number of species have been found breeding in crab-holes. The group of immediate concern to the writer is the genus Uranotaenia. In an attempt to re-evaluate the genus it has been necessary to examine species from all parts of the world and in doing so, have found the crab-hole species to be of great significance. We passed on some of our observations to Hogue and Bright and have since received additional information on their most interesting and impressive project. It is certain that they will make many significant contributions that will surprise a great many culicidologists. Unfortunately, much of this work will be completed long after the Uranotaenia revision. The object of this note is twofold 1 to solicit information or specimens preferably adults with associated larval and pupal skins or whole larvae of crab-hole breeding Uranotaenia from any part of the world and most especially from Southeast Asia SEA including India and New Guinea, and 2 to bring out a few observations on Uranotaenia and further stimulate an interest in collection from crab-holes.