Accession Number:

ADA512236

Title:

Freeze-drying Adult Mosquitoes for Taxonomic Study

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

WALTER REED BIOSYSTEMATICS UNIT WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1983-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The freeze-drying of adult mosquitoes for taxonomic study was investigated. A procedure was developed that combines the freeze-drying method of preservation with the traditional method of killing and mounting specimens. Specimens prepared by this method are taxonomically more valuable as they show little or no structural distortion, loss of color or loss of scales and setae. Freeze-dried specimens can he used for scanning electron microscopy, and they would make excellent type-material. Other advantages and disadvantages are discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE