Tropical Ecology and Conservation [Monteverde Institute]

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La distribución de zancudos (Diptera: Culicidae) en Cuajiniquil, Guanacaste, Costa Rica



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Publication Date

June 2018


Understanding mosquito distribution can lower the risk of people affected by mosquito borne illnesses. This two-part study aims to present the distribution of potential disease-carrying mosquitoes located in Cuajiniquil, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. In the first part of the study, I analyzed mosquito oviposition preference by placing receptacles filled with river water in homes and mangroves for nine days. I found no larvae in these experimentally placed containers. In the second part of my study, 137 mosquitoes were captured and identified to species from four different locations of the area. Four genera were identified with Aedes as the most abundant genus. At least eight species were identified including Anopheles punctipennis, a species capable of transmitting malaria.


Comprender la distribución de mosquitos puede reducir el riesgo de infección con enfermedades transmitidas por zancudos para poblaciones. Este estudio de dos partes tiene como objetivo presentar la distribución de mosquitos capaces de portar enfermedades en Cuajiniquil, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. En la primera parte del estudio, analicé la preferencia de oviposición de mosquitos colocando recipientes llenos de agua de río en hogares y manglares durante nueve días. No encontré larvas en estos recipientes colocados experimentalmente. En la segunda parte de mi estudio, se capturaron 137 zancudos y se identificaron especies de cuatro sitios dentro del área. Se identificaron cuatro géneros, Aedes siendo el género más abundante. Se identificaron al menos ocho especies, incluida Anopheles punctipennis, una especie capaz de transmitir malaria.



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7 pages

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Monteverde Institute


English; Spanish

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Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) distribution in Cuajiniquil, Guanacaste, Costa Rica



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