Submitted to: Journal of the Mosquito Control Association
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/18/2004
Publication Date: 1/18/2005
Citation: Reinert, J.F., Harbach, R.E. 2005. Descriptions of finlaya theobald, a genus in tribe aedini (diptera: culicidae), and its type species fl. kochi donitz. Journal of the Mosquito Control Association. 21(2):154-170.
Interpretive Summary: Mosquitoes suck blood and transmit disease agents that cause sickness and death in animals and humans. Before efforts to control mosquitoes can be made, however, accurate identification of the species involved is required. This information, which is based on microscopic features of the external anatomy of the mosquito, is used to ensure that insecticides, biological control agents, and other interventions are applied in an effective and safe manner. ARS scientists at the Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, FL are working continuously to develop new and improved techniques for mosquito identification. The information resulting from this research allows animal and public health specialists and pest/vector control personnel to identify mosquito species accurately and quickly, and to apply mosquito control measures in a safe and timely manner.
Technical Abstract: Genus Finlaya Theobald is characterized based on the morphology of females, female genitalia, males, male genitalia, pupae, and fourth-stage larvae. Distinctive characters of the genus are discussed and included species are listed. Finlaya kochi, the type species, is described in detail. An extensive list of previous literature pertaining to the genus is provided with references cited.