Anopheles albitarsis Lynch Arribálzaga, 1878




Etymology: not stated [white foot (L); refers to white tarsal markings, especially]

Anopheles albitarsis is the name-bearing species for the Albitarsis Complex, Albitarsis Group, and Albitarsis Series of the Argyritarsis Section. The Albitarsis Complex comprises five formally described taxa: An. albitarsis s.s., An. deaneorum Rosa-Freitas, An. janconnae Wilkerson & Sallum, An. marajoara Galvão & Damasceno, and An. oryzalimnetes Wilkerson & Motoki. In addition, several new taxa—species F, G, I, J, and lineage H have been proposed in our laboratory, and additional novel genetic lineages are recognized in An. marajoara (lineages 1 and 2), and An. sp. nr. janconnae, suggesting more work is needed to elucidate all component taxa across its range. Together with An. braziliensis, members of the Albitarsis Complex are easily recognized by a unique pair of white scale stripes on sternum I (S-1). Anopheles janconnae, An. albitarsis F & An. albitarsis I occur north of the Amazon, whereas all other taxa appear to be restricted to south of the Amazon Basin.

Type locality: Baradero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Type depository: Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (IOC)

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

ADULT (illustrated): Head: Palpomere MPlp4 with at least some white or cream-colored scales on mediolateral surface.  Abdomen: Abdominal terga, at least segments II–VII-Te, covered with scales; posterolateral scale tufts absent from II-Te, and often III-Te and IV-Te; sternum I (I-S) with 2 longitudinal lines of white scales. Legs: Ta-III5 entirely white-scaled. Wing: Costa without sector pale spot; accessory sector pale spot c. 0.4 from wing base, conspicuously closer to sector pale than to subcostal pale spot.

LARVA (not illustrated): Head: Seta 3-C with short aciculae [all Albitarsis group species except deaneorum], branched distally [deaneorum]. Thorax: Setae 1–3-P usually inserted on common tubercle.  Abdominal segments: Seta 1 palmate leaflets smooth-sided; seta 6-IV,V single.



Roth 1944

Deane, L.M. et al. 1946

Causey et al. 1946

Deane, M.P. et al. 1946



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An. albitarsis  s.s. COI: KJ492407–432

An. albitarsis F COI: JQ614998–5041

An. albitarsis G COI: JQ615042–146

An. albitarsis H COI: KJ492406–677

An. albitarsis I COI: JQ615189–200

An. deaneorum  COI: KJ492739–771

An. janconnae COI: JQ615347–441

An. marajoara COI: KJ011940–999

An. oryzalimnetes  COI: KJ492830–KJ492894




Anopheles albitarsis s.s. and An. oryzalimnetes are predominantly zoophilic and not implicated in malaria transmission. Anopheles deaneorum, An. janconnae and An. marajoara are highly anthropophilic, endophagic, and are proven regional malaria vectors in various regions of Brazil. 



Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, French Guiana, Guyana, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, United States (continental), Uruguay, Venezuela.

Molecularly confirmed distributions include: An. albitarsis (northern Argentina, southern Brazil & Paraguay), An. deaneorum Rosa-Freitas (southwestern Brazil), An. janconnae Wilkerson & Sallum (northern Brazil), An. marajoara Galvão & Damasceno (central Brazil), An. oryzalimnetes Wilkerson & Motoki (Brazil, Paraguay), An. albitarsis species F (Colombia, Trinidad, Venezuela), species G (Brazil), species I (Colombia, Venezuela), species J (Brazil) and lineage H (Brazil).

Map shows distribution of An. albitarsis s.l.

Distribution map for <em>Anopheles albitarsis</em> Lynch Arribálzaga, 1878



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An_albitarsis_ss_Foley_1 South & Central America

An_albitarsis_Nyari_1 South & Central America


IMPORTANT REFERENCES (full citations below)

Lynch Arribálzaga 1878: 150 (F)

Senevet 1934: 45 (P*)

Pinto 1939: 345 (M*, F*, P*, L*, E)

Rozeboom 1942a: 238 (E*; taxonomy)

Ross & Roberts 1943a: 31 (M*, F*, L*)

Roth 1944: 97 (M*), 107-110 (M genitalia keys)

Cova-García 1946: Fig. 1 (E*), 31 (L*), 83 (F*), 118 (M*)

Deane, L.M. et al. 1946 (F*, key, bionomics; NE Brazil & Amazonas; s.l.)

Causey et al. 1946 (M*, key ; NE Brazil & Amazonas; s.l.)

Deane, M.P. et al. 1946 (L*, key, bionomics; NE Brazil & Amazonas; s.l.)

Romeo Viamonte & Castro 1951: 321 (F*)

García & Casal 1965(1964)a: 6 (P*)

Kreutzer et al. 1976: 473 (chromosomes*)

Patriota Nascimento & Lourenço-de-Oliveira 1984 (taxonomy; s.l.)

Rosa-Freitas & Deane 1989b: 289 (neotype designation)

Rosa-Freitas et al. 1990 (molecular taxonomy; s.l.)

Calderón et al. 1995 (distribution; Peru)

Wilkerson & Parsons et al. 1995 (molecular taxonomy; s.l.)

Monnerat et al. 1999 (E*; s.l.)

Krzywinski et al. 2001 a,b (mtDNA, phylogenetics; s.l.)

Wilkerson et al. 2005 (phylogenetics; s.l.)

Li & Wilkerson 2005 (molecular taxonomy; s.l.)

Lehr et al. 2005 (molecular taxonomy, phylogenetics; s.l.)

Brochera et al. 2007 (sensu lato; albitarsis species F)

Li & Wilkerson 2007 (molecular taxonomy; s.l.)

Motoki et al. 2009 (M*, F, P*, L*)

Sinka et al. 2010: 72 (Albitarsis Complex; bionomics review, distribution, niche model)

Ruiz-Lopez et al. 2012 (molecular taxonomy; s.l.)

Foley et al. 2014 (distribution, bionomics, model; s.l.).



syn. limai Galvão & Lane

1937b: 227 (A, E*; as variety). Type locality: Suburbs of Pinheiros & Butantan, São Paulo, Brazil (NE). References: Lane 1953: 244 (synonymy); Belkin et al. 1971: 4 (taxonomy).

syn. imperfectus Corrêa & Ramos

1943: 246 (F; as subspecies). Type locality: Vera Cruz, São Paulo, Brazil (FH). References: Lane 1953: 244 (synonymy); Belkin et al. 1971: 4 (taxonomy).



Belkin, J.N., Schick, R.X., & Heinemann, S.J. (1971). Mosquito studies (Diptera, Culicidae). XXV. Mosquitoes originally described from Brazil. Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, 7(5), 1–64.

Brochero, H.H.L., Li, C., & Wilkerson, R.C. (2007). A newly recognized species in the Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) albitarsis complex (Diptera: Culicidae) from Puerto Carreño, Colombia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 76(6), 1113–1117.

Calderon, G., Fernandez, R., & Valle, J. (1995). Especiés de la fauna anofelina, su distribución y algunas consideraciones sôbre su abundancia e infectividad en el Peru. Revista Peruana de Epidmiologia, 8, 19.

Causey, O.R., Deane, L.M., & Deane, M.P. (1946). An illustrated key by male genitalic characteristics for the identification of thirty-four species of Anophelini from the northeast and Amazon regions of Brazil, with a note on dissection technique. American Journal of Hygiene Monograph Series, 18, 21–31.

Corrêa, R.R., & Ramos, A.S. (1943). Descrição de uma nova sub-espécie de anofelino do sub-género Nyssorhynchus Blanchard, 1902 (Diptera, Culicidae). Revista Paulista de Medicina, 22, 246–248.

Deane, L.M., Causey, O.R., & Deane, M.P. (1946). I. An illustrated key by adult female characteristics for the identification of thirty-five species of Anophelini, with notes on the malaria vectors (Diptera, Culicidae). In Studies on Brazilian anophelines from the northeast and Amazon regions (pp. 1–18). Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press.

Deane, M.P., Causey, O. R., & Deane, L.M. (1946). III. An illustrated key by larval characteristics for the identification of thirty-two species of Anophelini, with descriptions of two larvae. In Studies on Brazilian anophelines from the northeast and Amazon regions (pp. 33–50). Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press.

Foley, D.H., Linton, Y.-M., Ruiz-Lopez, J.F., Conn, J.E., Sallum, M.A.M., Povoa, M.M., . . . Wilkerson, R.C. (2014). Geographic distribution, evolution, and disease importance of species within the Neotropical Anopheles albitarsis group (Diptera, Culicidae). Journal of Vector Ecology, 39(1), 168–181.

Galvão, A.L.A., & Lane, J. (1937b). Nota sôbre os Nyssorhynchus de S. Paulo. VII. Estudo sôbre as variedades deste grupo com a descrição de Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) albitarsis Arrib., 1878 var. limai n. var. Annaes da Faculdade de Medicina de São Paulo, 13, 211–238.

García, M., & Casal, O.H. (1965a). Descripción de tres pupas de mosquitos neotropicales (Diptera, Culicidae). Revista de la Sociedad Entomologica Argentina, 27(1964), 5–10

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Kreutzer, R.D., Kitzmiller, J.B., & Rabbani, M.G. (1976). Cytogenetically distinguishable sympatric and allopatric populations of the mosquito Anopheles albitarsis. Acta Amazonica, 6(4), 473–481.

Krzywinski, J., Wilkerson, R.C., & Besansky, N J. (2001a). Evolution of mitochondrial and ribosomal gene sequences in Anophelinae (Diptera; Culicidae): implications for phylogeny reconstruction. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 18(3), 479–487.

Krzywinski, J., Wilkerson, R.C., & Besansky, N.J. (2001b). Toward understanding Anophelinae (Diptera: Culicidae) phylogeny: Insights from nuclear single-copy genes and weight of evidence. Systematic Biology, 50(4), 540–556.

Lane, J. (1953). Neotropical Culicidae (Vols. I, II). São Paulo: University of São Paulo.

Lehr, M.A., Kilpatrick, C.W., Wilkerson, R.C., & Conn, J.E. (2005). Cryptic species in the Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) albitarsis (Diptera: Culicidae) complex: Incongruence between random amplified polymorphic DNA-polymerase chain reaction identification and analysis of mitochondrial DNA COI gene sequences. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 98(6), 908–917.

Li, C., & Wilkerson, R.C. (2005). Identification of Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) albitarsis complex species (Diptera: Culicidae) using rDNA internal transcribed spacer 2-based polymerase chain reaction primes. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 100, 495–500.

Li, C., & Wilkerson, R.C. (2007). Intragenomic rDNA ITS2 variation in the Neotropical Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) albitarsis complex (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Heredity, 98, 51–59.

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Motoki, M.T., Wilkerson, R.C., & Sallum, M.A.M. (2009). The Anopheles albitarsis complex with the recognition of Anopheles oryzalimnetes Wilkerson and Motoki, n. sp. and Anopheles janconnae Wilkerson and Sallum, n. sp. (Diptera: Culicidae). Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 104(6), 823–850.

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