Submitted to: Journal of the Mosquito Control Association
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/18/2004
Publication Date: 2/1/2005
Citation: Reinert, J.F., Harbach, R.E. 2005. Corrections to the spelling of species names in genera psorophora and verrallina, with a note on the correct gender of udaya. Journal of the Mosquito Control Association. 21(2):227-228.
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: The spelling of specific names for a species of Psorophora and four species of Verrallina are corrected to correspond with the gender of the corresponding genus. An explanation is given for treating Udaya as masculine rather than feminine as indicated in A Catalog of the Mosquitoes of the World.