Aedes vittatus (Bigot, 1861)

PALEARTIC, ORIENTAL, & NEOTROPICAL REGIONS

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Etymology: bound with ribbon or band (L); white ring on tibiae.

Type locality: Corsica

Type depository: Type non-existent (NE)

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

ADULT (illustrated): Head: Proboscis dark with median spattering of pale yellowish scales; clypeus with bilateral small patches of narrow white scales; vertex with median stripe of narrow white scales, a few of which are also scattered on occiput area and along eye margin; numerous erect forked scales on vertex and occiput. Thorax: Mesopostnotum and prespiracular area bare; postspiracular and lower mesepimeral setae present. Scutum: Acrostichal setae present; 3 pairs of distinct, small, white spots of narrow scales on anterior two-thirds of scutum (on scutal fossa, posterior scutal fossa and approximately level with the wing root). Scutellum: Broad white scales on all three lobes; a few dark scales at apex of mid-lobe. Wing: Scales mainly dark and narrow on all veins; scattered pale scales on costa. Abdomen: Tergum I (Te-I) with large median white spot; Te-II–VII with basal white bands and lateral white curved markings, disparate from the basal bands; segment VIII completely retracted. Legs: All tibia (Ti-I–III) dark, with sub-basal white spot and white band approximately level with basal third of Ti-I, Ti-II, and at mid-point of Ti-III (anterior view); hind tarsomeres 1–4 (Ta-III1–4) with basal white bands; ratio of white bands to length Ta-III1 = 0.40, Ta-III2 = 0.40, Ta-III3 = 0.50, Ta-III4 = 0.75; Ta-III5 all white.

 

TAXONOMIC KEYS

Darsie & Pradhan 1990

Jupp 1996

Rattanarithikul et al. 2010

Becker et al. 2010: 196 

Exemplar DNA sequences

Al  Ae. vittatus DNA sequences

 

DISTRIBUTION NOTES

Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, France (includes Corsica), Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Italy (includes Sardinia), Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar (includes Glorioso & Juan De Nova Is), Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, Portugal, Republic of South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Spain (includes Balearic Islands), Sri Lanka, Sudan & South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

IMPORTANT REFERENCES

Bigot 1861: 227 (F; Culex)

Patton 1905 (E*, as subg. Stegomyia)

Theobald 1907: 199 (E bionomics), as Scutomyia sugens

Theobald 1910c (M*, F, L*,E*; after Patton 1905), as Scutomyia sugens)

Macfie & Ingram 1922 (F*)

Barraud 1923h (L*)

Barraud 1934: 245 (M*, F*, L*)

 Edwards 1941: 155 (M*, F, *), 391 (P*)

Hopkins 1952: 160 (L*)

Mattingly 1952: 291 (zoogeography)

Senevet & Andarelli 1954b: 320 (L*)

Mattingly & Knight 1956: 100 (L*; taxonomy)

Senevet & Andarelli 1958: 273 (P*)

Boorman 1961: 709 (bionomics)

Joshi et al. 1965 (distribution; Nepal)

Hinton & Service 1969 (E*)

Mattingly 1970g: 35 (L*)

Service 1970c: 128 (M*, F*, P*, L*)

Aslamkhan 1971b (distribution; Pakistan)

Sharma & Chaudhry 1974: 163 (as variant)

Huang 1977b: 114 (M*, F*, P*, L*; transfer; distribution)

Brunhes 1977a (distribution; Comoros Island)

Rodhain et al. 1977 (distribution)

Ahmed 1987 (distribution; Bangladesh)

Zaim 1987: 568 (distribution)

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

Suleman et al. 1993 (distribution; Pakistan)

Jupp 1996 (F*; key)

Reinert 2000e (F*)

Reinert 2000e: Fig. 21 (F*)

Ribeiro et al. 2002 (distribution; Portugal)

Melero-Alcíbar 2006 (P, taxonomy)

Rattanarithikul et al. 2010 (F*, L*; bionomics, keys; distribution; Thailand)

 Becker et al. 2010: 196 (M*, F*, L*; keys, taxonomy, distribution, bionomics)

Robert et al. 2019 (distribution, Euro-Mediterranean).

 

CURRENT SYNONYMS

syn. brumpti Neveu-Lemaire

1905b: 9 (M, F*; Stegomyia) Type locality: Harrar [Hararge], Ethiopia (PIP). References: Rodhain & Boutonnier 1985: 275 (type dep. from NE to PIP).

syn. albopunctata Theobald

1907: 262 (F; Reedomyia).  Type locality: Sierra Leone (NHMUK)

 

CURRENT SUBSPECIES

None

 

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