Submitted to: Contributions to the American Entomological Institute
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/1/2008
Publication Date: 11/3/2008
Citation: Reinert, J.F. 2008. Comparative anatomy of the female genitalia of generic-level taxa in tribe Aedini (Diptera: Culicidae). Part XXVI. Genus Collessius Reinert, Harbach and Kitching. Contributions of the American entomological Institute. 35(4):31-41. Interpretive Summary: A detailed, composite description of the female genital structures for the mosquito genus Collessius is provided and includes an illustration of the type species of the genus and descriptions of the two subgenera Alloeomyia and Collessius. 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 species included in genus Collessius was conducted and a composite description is provided. The genitalia of the type species of the genus, Co. macfarlanei (Edwards), are illustrated. Collessius is divided into two subgenera, Alloeomyia and Collessius. Treatment of the genital morphology of each subgenus includes a 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 and a comparison of these with other aedine genera, and other pertinent information.