Culex Stigmatosoma and Cx. Peus: Identification of Female Adults in the United States
WALTER REED BIOSYSTEMATICS UNIT WASHINGTON DC DEPT OF ENTOMOLOGY
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A recent taxonomic study Strickman 1988 has resulted in nomenclatorial changes in the names Culex stigmatosoma Dyar 1907, Cx. peus Speiser 1904, and Cx. thriambus Dyar 1921. Careful examination of the holotype of Cx. peus a female adult originally collected in Oak Creek Canyon, Coconino County, Arizona demonstrated that the specimen is actually conspecific with Cx. thriambus, not Cx. stigmatosoma. As a result, Cx. thriambus is now a synonym of the older name, Cx. peus, and Cx. stigmatosoma is resurrected from synonymy. Use of Cx. stigmatosoma should not cause a problem, since it was a synonym of Cx. peus only since 1958 Stone 1958 and the name has not been used for any other species. On the other hand, use of Cx. peus for the former Cx. thriambus will probably cause confusion. Until workers become accustomed to the change, the species might best be designated as Cx. peus formerly thriambus.