Culex bitaeniorhynchus Giles, 1901




Etymology: not stated [double banded (L, Gr); probable reference to proboscis with two bands]

Culex bitaeniorhynchus is the nominotypical member of the Bitaeniorhynchus Complex, which also includes Cx. infula Theobald, Cx. longicornis Sirivanakarn, Cx. luzonensis Sirivanakarn, Cx. pseudosinensis Colless and Cx. selangorensis Sirivanakarn. Culex bitaeniorhynchus is found in tropical and sub-tropical zones of the Afrotropical, southern Palearctic and Indomalayan Regions as well as the mainland and islands of the Southeast Asian and Australasian regions.

Type locality: Travancore, India

Type depository: Natural History Museum, London, England, United Kingdom (NHMUK)

DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS  (Click photos to view; mouse over and click large photo to zoom in.)

ADULT (not illustrated): Head: Proboscis with median pale band and two dorsolateral pale spots at labellum. Thorax: Acrostichal setae present; lower mesepimeral setae absent. Abdomen: With distinct apical bands of pale-yellow scales. Wing: With intermixed pale and dark scales. Leg: Fe-I–III and Ti-I–III without rows of pale spots; Ta-I–III with basal pale bands.

LARVA (not illustrated): Head: Setae 2,3-A inserted apically on antenna; antennal spicules absent or sparse; seta 1-C slender; no demarcation between dorsal apotome and median labral plate; dorsomentum with fine serrations. Terminal segments: With 4–7 comb scales and 7 pecten spines; seta 1-S with 4 pairs of 1–4 branched tufts, positioned laterally or posterolaterally.



LaCasse & Yamaguti 1950

Harbach 1988

Lee et al. 1989a

Darsie & Pradhan 1990

Jupp 1996

Rattanarithikul et al. 2005



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WRBU – Culex (Ocu.) - Australasian Region – Adult

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WRBU – Culex (Ocu.) - Australasian Region – Larva

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WRBU – Culex (Ocu.) - Indomalayan Region – Adult

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WRBU – Culex (Ocu.) - Indomalayan Region – Larva

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WRBU – Culex (Ocu.) - Oriental Region – Adult

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WRBU – Culex (Ocu.) - Oriental Region – Larva

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WRBU – Culex (Ocu.) - Eastern Palearctic Region – Adult

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WRBU – Culex (Ocu.) - Eastern Palearctic Region – Larva

Exemplar DNA sequences

Cx. bitaeniorhynchus  COI: AB73822728, AB738237, AB738254, DQ154162, HQ398898-99, JQ728034, JQ728200, JQ728349, KF40679295, KT35843032, KU187022, KU380407




Immature Cx. bitaeniorhynchus occupy ground-water habitats in partial or full sunlight, including swamps, rice fields, marshy depressions, irrigation ditches, and ponds. Immature habitats are associated with the presence of Spirogyra (water silk) algal mats, which are the primary food source for the larva, and offer protection from predation.


The host preferences of vary markedly by region. Although primarily bird-feeders, they opportunistically feed on a wide-variety of non-avian hosts, including people, cows, pigs, and dogs. In Malaysia, New Guinea and Vietnam, Cx. bitaeniorhynchus ferociously attack man. However, populations in Africa, Southwestern Asia, and India are wholly zoophilic. Peak biting occurs just after sunset and females are active throughout the night.



Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar (includes Glorioso & Juan De Nova Is), Malaysia, Mali, Micronesia (Wake Island), Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Caledonia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan & South Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Distribution map for <em>Culex bitaeniorhynchus</em> Giles, 1901



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IMPORTANT REFERENCES (full citations below)

Giles 1901a: 607 (A)

Barraud 1923c (L*)

Barraud 1934: 391 (M*, F, L*)

Bohart & Ingram 1946b: 77 (M*, F, L*; bionomics, distribution, taxonomy)

LaCasse & Yamaguti 1950 (M*,F*, P*, L*; taxonomy, keys, bionomics, distribution)

Asanuma & Nakagawa 1953: 93 (P*)

Hara 1957: 55 (F*)

Belkin 1962: 215 (M*, F, P*, L*)

Bram 1967b: 258 (M*, F*, P*, L*; bionomics, distribution, taxonomy)

Aslamkhan 1971b (distribution; Pakistan)

Basio 1971b: 54 (M*; bionomics)

Lotfi 1973: 206 (distribution)

Sirivanakarn 1973c: 235 (M*, F*, P, L; taxonomy)

Gutsevich et al. 1974: 367 (M*, F, L*)

Baisas 1974: 88 (M*, F*, P*, L*; taxonomy, bionomics, distribution; Philippines)

Tanaka et al. 1975c: 220 (distribution)

Rickenbach et al. 1976: 96 (distribution)

Service 1976a: 262 (distribution)

Sirivanakarn 1976: 65 (M*, F*, P*, L*; distribution)

Rodhain et al. 1977 (distribution)

Tanaka et al. 1979: 173 (M*, F*, L*; as Culex (Culex))

Harbach 1988: 101 (M*, F, P*, L*; taxonomy, keys, bionomics, distribution)

Lee et al. 1989a: 102 (F key, taxonomy, bionomics, distribution, review)

Darsie & Pradhan 1990 (F, L; taxonomy, keys, bionomics, distribution; Nepal)

Jupp 1996 (M*, F*; key)

Tanaka 2004b: 221 (P*, L mandible*, maxilla*; from subgenus Culex)

Abdel-Mohsin 2004: (distribution; Saudi Arabia)

Rattanarithikul et al. 2005 (F*, L*; bionomics, distribution, keys)



syn. ager Giles

1901b: 196 (F; Taeniorhynchus). Type locality: Madras Presidency, India (NHMUK). References: Townsend 1990: 38 (type information).

syn. ethiopicus Edwards

1912c: 30 (A*, as ager var.). Type locality: [Bole, Northern Territories,Ghana] (NHMUK). References: Edwards 1941: 291 (M*, F*, tax., from syn. with bitaeniorhynchus), 415 (P*); Hopkins 1952: 282 (L*); Harbach 1988: 101 (synonymy); Jupp 1996 (M*, F*; key).

syn. karatsuensis Mochizuki

1913: 28 (M*, F*, E). Type locality: Karatsu, Kyushu, Japan (LU).

syn. abdominalis Taylor

1913: 53 (F*; Culicelsa). Type locality: Ayr & Townsville, Queensland, Australia (NE).



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Aslamkhan, M. (1971b). The mosquitoes of Pakistan I. A checklist. Mosquito Systematics, 3(4), 147–159.

Baisas, F. E. (1974). The mosquito fauna of Subic Bay Naval Reservation, Republic of the Philippines. San Francisco: Headquarters, First Medical Service Wing (PACAF), San Francisco.

Barraud, P. J. (1923c). A revision of the culicine mosquitoes of India. Part III. Notes on certain Indian species of the genus Finlaya, Theo. and descriptions of new species. Indian Journal of Medical Research (Calcutta), 11(1), 214–219.

Barraud, P. J. (1934). The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Diptera. Vol. 5. Family Culicidae, tribes Megarhinini and Culicini (Vol. 5). London: Taylor and Francis.

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