Culex (Neoculex) nematoides (Dyar and Shannon 1925) an Erroneous Record from the Philippines (Diptera: Culicidae)
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION WASHINGTON DC
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Culex Neoculex nematoides Dyar and Shannon 1925 Insecutor Inscitiae Mens. 1384 was described from a male and six females. The abdomen and terminalia of the male are missing. All the specimens bear label No. 28108 USNM. According to the original description, the specimens were from Ludlows Philippine collections which she left at the Army Medical Museum Now Medical Museum, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D. C. and at her apartment after her death. The specimens were accompanied by the following locality note Haghthorpe 2 34 miles south of hospital, Aug. 5, 1922 to which Dyar and Shannon made the following remark we have been unable to identify this locality. In the latest revision of the Philippine Culicini by Delfinado 1966, Mem. Amer. Ent. Inst. 7127-128, the Haghthorpe locality was assumed to be somewhere in the mountain province of Luzon. In the current revision of the group in the Southeast Asia Mosquito Project, an attempt has been made to clarify this situation. It arose from the fact that we failed to see more specimens of C. nematoides in several major Philippine collections in the past and present, including notably, the collections by W. V. King during 1928-34 Rozeboom, Knight and Laffoon during 1945 E. S. Ross during 1945 and F. E. Baisas during 1964-68. This result heightened our doubt as to the occurrence of C. nematoides in the Philippines and has led us to a prolonged enquiry which is summarized below.