Submitted to: Contributions to the American Entomological Institute
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2008
Publication Date: 8/25/2008
Citation: Reinert, J.F. 2008. Comparative anatomy of the female genitalia of generic-level taxa in tribe Aedini (Diptera: Culicidae). Contributions to the American Entomological Institute. 35(3):29-37.
Interpretive Summary: A detailed, composite description of the female genital structures for the mosquito genus Downsiomyia is provided and includes an illustration of the type species of the genus. This information provides valuable new information for separating generic-level taxa of the largest tribe in family Culicidae. This work was completed at the Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary entomology of the United States Department of Agriculture, Gainesville, Florida. The article will be published in the scientific journal, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute.
Technical Abstract: A comparative, morphological analysis of the female genitalia of the genus Downsiomyia was conducted. The female genitalia of the genus are characterized and a comparison with other taxa is provided. Downsiomyia is divided into two groups. The type species of the genus, Do. nivea (Ludlow), is illustrated. Treatment of the genital morphology of the genus includes a composite description, detailed description of the type species, list of the species examined, list of published illustrations and/or descriptions of included species with their literature citations, and a discussion. The discussion section contains a list of the most distinctive female genital features of Downsiomyia, a comparison of these with other aedine genera, and other pertinent information.