Culex (Cux.) nigripalpus


  • Theobald
  • 1901a:322 (M*, F*)
  • Type-loc: Saint Lucia Island, [Lesser Antilles] (?NE)


SpeciesMap  SpeciesMap

Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe , Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat , Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Venezuela, Virgin Islands


  • palus
    • Theobald 1903a:194 (M*, F)
    • Type-loc: Barbados, [Lesser Antilles] (BM)
  • similis
    • Theobald 1903a:207 (F)
    • Type-loc: Red Hills, Kingston, [Surrey], Jamaica (?NE)
  • biocellatus
    • Theobald 1903a:224 (F; flavipes var.)
    • Type-loc: Trinidad (BM)


The larvae are found in ditches, grassy pools, and marshes of a semipermanent or permanent nature. They are occasionally found in water in wheel ruts, leaf axils of plants, and artificial containers. Culex nigripalpus is a common man-biting species and ia also attracted to CDC traps and animal baited (donkey, chicken) traps. (Belkin et al. 1970:72)

Medical Importance

Cx. nigripalpus is considered a vector of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) and West Nile Virus WNV (Turell et al. 2005:60)


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