Culex (Mel.) taeniopus


  • Dyar and Knab
  • 1907b:100 (F)
  • Type-loc: Bluefields, Nicaragua (USNM)


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Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela


  • annulipes
    • Theobald 1907:512 (F*; Melanoconion)
    • Type-loc: Red Hills, [Kingston, Surrey], Jamaica (BM)


Adults were collected resting in vegetation and were attrcted to human bait near sunset and to CDC traps set in secondary forests, and along edges of swamps and rivers. Larvae are reported from stagnent water (Sallum and Forattini 1996).

Medical Importance

This species has been found under laboratory conditions to be susceptable to infections by venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) and is also considered a vector of several members of the Family Bunyavididae including Ossa, Guama, Ananindeua, Bimiti, Mirim and Guaratuba viruses (Sallum and Forattini 1996).


Adult Stage, detail images:

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Adult Stage, illustrations:

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