Contributions to the Mosquito Fauna of Southeast Asia. XI. A Proposed Reclassification of Neoculex Dyar Based Principally on the Male Terminalia
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A reclassification of Neoculex proposed here is based on the comparative morphology of the male terminalia as well as on other correlated external characters of the adults. In this scheme, three subgenera Neoculex, Maillotiu and Eumelunomyia instead of two, Neoculex and Mochthogenes, as proposed by Edwards 1932, are recognized. The subgenera Maillotiu and Eumelanomyia are resurrected from synonymy with Neoculex and Mochthogenes which Edwards 1930 treated as a full subgenus is suppressed by synonymizing it with Eumelunomyia. The species tricuspis Edwards 1930 is transferred to Culiciomyia and sumatranus Brug 1931 and caeruleus King Hoogstraal 1947 to Lophoceraomyia. Over 80 species previously assigned to Neoculex and Mochthogenes in the synoptic catalog of Stone et al. 1959 and Stone 1961, 1963, 1967, and 1970 are placed in various species groups of the three subgenera. Keys to the subgenera, groups and subgroups are provided and each category is briefly defined with regard to systematics and zoogeography.