Utilization of domestic and natural containers by Aedes oceanicus in American Samoa

Lambdin, Barrot, Schmaedick, Mark A., and Burkot, Thomas R. (2008) Utilization of domestic and natural containers by Aedes oceanicus in American Samoa. Journal of Medical Entomology, 45 (4). pp. 758-762.

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Abstract

Larval and pupal surveys of 439 natural and 2,455 domestic containers (total of 2,894 containers) were undertaken in four villages in American Samoa during the wet and dry seasons. For the first time, larvae and pupae of Ae. oceanicus were found in a variety of domestic containers (including buckets, plastic and polystyrene containers, cans, and tires) in addition to their traditionally reported habitats of plant leaf axils. Finding Ae. oceanicus in artificial containers in three villages during both the wet and dry seasons suggests that Ae. oceanicus is adapting to use these increasingly abundant water sources for breeding sites. The larger water volumes held by such containers could ensure the survival of this species during prolonged dry weather periods.

Item ID: 26500
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1938-2928
Keywords: Aedes oceanicus, Aedes polynesiensis, American Samoa, lymphatic filariasis, Wuchereria bancrofti
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 02:25
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060207 Population Ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960405 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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