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Where Are The Dangerous Mosquitoes?

May 19, 2021 • 2:09 pm CDT
(Zika News)

More and more people are getting involved in the surveillance of invasive mosquito species, not just professionals with formal training in entomology. There are many taxonomic keys available for identifying mosquitoes of medical and veterinary importance.

A new version of MosKeyTool, the interactive identification key for identifying mosquitoes, is available. This innovative identification tool was developed by the medical entomology working group (WP3) of MediLabSecure in 2017.

This novel interactive key includes 132 mosquito species in 70 countries (Euro-Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Western Palaearctic Regions) and can be easily installed on your computer.

The MosKeyTool targets are two stages: adult female and 4th stage larva.

The reference area of MosKeyTool is the western Palearctic biogeographic region, including Europe, Atlantic, and Mediterranean Islands, Northern Africa, South Caucasus, and part of the Middle East. Most of the time, the countries are used as a geographical unit. However, the main islands or isolated archipelago are also used as a geographic unit.

MosKeyTool can be used as supporting material for self-learning and teaching the morphology, taxonomy, and systematics of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae).

Additionally, maps published by the European CDC as of March 31, 2021, show the current distribution of invasive mosquito species at the ‘regional’ administrative unit level.

Separate maps for the distribution of each of the following exotic mosquito species are currently available:  Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, Aedes japonicus, Aedes atropalpus, and Aedes koreicus.

The U.S. CDC publishes various diseases caused by various mosquitoes, such as Zika, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, and West Nile.