Anopheles (Ano.) punctipennis


  • (Say)
  • 1823:9 (A; Culex)
  • Chestertown, Kent Co., Maryland, USA (NE)



Canada, Mexico, United States, contiguous lower 48


  • hyemalis Fitch
    • 1847:281 (M, F; Culex)
    • Type-loc: Eastern New York State, United States (LU)
  • stonei Vargas
    • 1941a:179 (M*, F; as var.)
    • Type-loc: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (ISET and USNM)


The larvae are found in a large variety of aquatic habitats, including ponds, temporary pools, springs, pools in intermittent streams, borrow pits, roadside puddles, wheel ruts in muddy roads, hog wallows, eddies along the margins of flowing streams, and in rain-water barrels and other artificial containers. The species seems to prefer cool, clear water, particularly in hill streams. The females feed mostly after dusk but will attack man during the daytime in dense woodlands or in their daylight resting places. This mosquito is generally regarded as an outdoor species and seldom enters dwellings in large numbers to feed. (Carpenter and LaCasse 1955:05)

Medical Importance

Reported as an important vector of human malaria by Mullen & Durden (2002).

Culicidae » Anophelinae » Anopheles » Cellia
habitus image

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Additional References


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