Anopheles sinensis Wiedemann, 1828




Etymology: China

Anopheles sinensis is one of 16 unplaced members of the Hyrcanus Group, which also includes members of the Lesteri Subgroup and Nigerrimus Subgroups. Anopheles sinensis has three synonyms: plumiger Dönitz, jesoensis Tsuzuki, and changfus Ma. As there are so many new species in the Hyrcanus Group, previously hidden under and reported as An. sinensis, assigning the bionomic attributes and medical importance of each of the component taxa can be difficult. Although An. sinensis is implicated in malaria transmission, but is nowhere near as effective a vector as other Hyrcanus group members such as An. nigerrimus Giles, An. lesteri Baisas & Hu, An. pullus Yamada, or An. kleini Rueda.

Type locality: [Canton], China [People’s Republic of China]

Type depository: Universitetets Zoologiske Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark (ZMC)

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

ADULT (illustrated): Head: Flagellum with basal 4–8 flagellomeres with pale scales; clypeus with patch of dark scales laterally; MPlp3 with pale basal band at most as wide as other pale bands. Thorax: Capitellum of haltere dark; antepronotal scales present; C-II with distinct upper patch of pale scales. Legs: Fe-III without distal broad preapical white band; Ta-III1–5 with apical pale bands only. Wing: Costa usually without humeral pale spot; CuA usually present; presector pale spot ill-defined or absent; vein 1A with 2 dark spots; wing apex with narrow pale fringe spot, not extending beyond veins R1 to R3; pale fringe spot usually present at termination of vein CuA. 

LARVA (not illustrated): Head: Antenna (A) spiculate; seta 1-A with long branches reaching beyond midpoint of antenna; seta 2-C single, closely approximated; seta 3-C with ≥10 branches. Thorax: Seta 1-P without branches on basal 0.5, single or with short branches on distal 0.5. Abdominal segments: Seta 1 fully developed palmate on at least 5 segments.



Nguyen Thuong Hien 1968

Lee et al. 1987b

Darsie & Pradhan 1990

Rattanarithikul et al. 2006b

Becker et al. 2010



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Exemplar DNA sequences

An. sinensis COI: AB781782–84

Whole genome: ID: 12170




Immature An. sinensis are found in a wide variety of open, freshwater habitats, with emergent and /or floating vegetation. They are common in shallow waters in rice fields, grassy flood pools, seepage waters, marshes, swamps and ponds, and are often reported in smaller habitats including stream and rock pools, and wheel ruts.


Female An. sinensis are essentially zoophilic, biting man only when other preferred mammals are absent. In South Korea, cattle and buffalo are preferred hosts (89.8%), but in Taiwan, 86.4% of blooded An. sinensis had fed on pigs, and only 9.1% of meals were bovine. The species is dominantly exophilic and exophagic, and rarely found indoors. In northern parts of their range, adult females overwinter as mated nullipars, typically entering diapause when temperatures drop to 13-15°C.



Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia (includes Kalimantan, Java, Flores, Sulawesi, Sumatra includes Ketulauan Riouw Archipelago, Timor), Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, People's Republic of China (includes Hong Kong), Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor, Vietnam.

Distribution map for <em>Anopheles sinensis</em> Wiedemann, 1828



VHR: Cambodia

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Available GIS Models:

An_sinensis_Foley_1 Asia

An_sinensis_Nyari_1 Asia

An_sinensis_Foley_1 Palaearctic


IMPORTANT REFERENCES (full citations below)

Wiedemann, 1828: 547 (M, F).

Bohart & Ingram 1946b: 51 (M*, F*, L*; bionomics, distribution, taxonomy)

LaCasse & Yamaguti 1950 (F*)

 Reid 1953: 10 (M*, F*, P*, L*, E*; taxonomy)

Hara 1957: 47 (F*)

Ohmori 1957 (M*, E*)

Ohmori 1959: 221 (P*)

Hara 1959 (F*)

Nguyen Thuong Hien 1968 (F*, L*; keys, taxonomy, bionomics, Vietnam)

Harrison 1973b: 7 (lectotype designation; distribution)

Lee et al. 1973: 383 (distribution)

Harrison & Scanlon 1975: 45 (M*, F*, P*, L*; distribution)

Tanaka et al. 1975c: 210 (taxonomy, distribution)

Kanda & Oguma 1976: 325 (A*; taxonomy)

Otsuru et al. 1976: 301 (E)

Kanda & Oguma 1977: 115 (hybridization with sineroides)

Tanaka et al. 1979: 72 (M*, F*, P, L*, E)

Beales 1984 (taxonomy)

Lee et al. 1987b: 94 (F key, taxonomy, bionomics, distribution, review)

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

Linley et al. 1995: 44 (E*)

Gornostaeva 2000: 477 (distribution; Russia)

Whelan & Hapgood 2000: 405 (bionomics, distribution; East Timor)

Oo et al. 2004 (distribution; Myanmar)

Rattanarithikul et al. 2006b (F*, L*; bionomics, distribution, keys)

Becker et al. 2010: 340 (F*, L*; key, taxonomy, distribution, bionomics)

Sinka et al. 2011: 89 (bionomics review, distribution, niche model)

Saeung et al. 2014 (E*)

Zhou et al. 2014 (whole genome)

Neafsey et al. 2015 (comparative genomics)



syn. plumiger Dönitz

1901: 37 (M, F). Type locality: Hong Kong [People's Republic of China] (ZM).

syn. jesoensis Tsuzuki

1902c: 764 (M). Type locality: Hokkaido, Japan (LU). References: Reid 1953: 51 [Variously spelled as jezoensis & jezoensis].

syn. changfus Ma

1981b: 65 (M*, F*, E). Type locality: Emei, Sichuan Province, China [People's Republic of China] (IZ). References: Miao et al. 1988 (syn. with sinensis); Qu & Zhu 2008 (review; synonymy with sinensis).






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Becker, N., Petrić, D., Zgomba, M., Boase, C., Madon, M., Dahl, C., & Kaiser, A. (2010). Mosquitoes and their control (Second ed.). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Bohart, R.M., & Ingram, R.L. (1946b). Mosquitoes of Okinawa and islands in the Central Pacific. In United States NAVMED (Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department) (pp. 110). Washington.

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Gornostaeva, R.M. (2000). A revised checklist of the mosquitoes (Diptera, Culicidae) of European Russia [English translation]. Parazitologiya (St. Petersburg), 34(6), 477–485.

Hara, J. (1957). Studies on the female terminalia of Japanese mosquitoes. Japanese Journal of Experimental Medicine, 27, 45–91.

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Harrison, B.A., & Scanlon, J.E. (1975). Medical entomology studies-II. The subgenus Anopheles in Thailand (Diptera: Culicidae). Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, 12(1), iv + 1–307.

Kanda, T., & Oguma, Y. (1976). Morphological variations of Anopheles sinensis Wiedemann, 1828 and A. lesteri Baisas and IIu, 1936 and frequency of clasper movements of the males of several Anopheles species during induced copulation. Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, 27(4), 325–331.

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