Defining the larval habitat: abiotic and biotic parameters associated with Anopheles farauti productivity

McLaughlin, Kimberley, Burkot, Thomas R., Oscar, Jance, Beebe, Nigel W., and Russell, Tanya L. (2019) Defining the larval habitat: abiotic and biotic parameters associated with Anopheles farauti productivity. Malaria Journal, 18. 416.

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Background: In the Solomon Island, the dominant malaria vector, Anopheles farauti, is highly anthropophagic and increasingly exophilic and early biting. While long-lasting insecticide-treated nets remain efective against An. farauti, supplemental vector control strategies will be needed to achieve malaria elimination. Presently, the only World Health Organization recommended supplemental vector control strategy is larval source management (LSM). Efective targeted larval source management requires understanding the associations between abiotic, chemical and biological parameters of larval habitats with the presence or density of vector larvae.

Methods: Potential and actual An. farauti larval habitats were characterized for presence and density of larvae and associated abiotic, chemical and biological parameters.

Results: A third of all sampled potential habitats harboured An. farauti larvae with 80% of An. farauti positive habitats being in three habitat classifcations (swamps/lagoons, transient pools and man-made holes). Large swamps were the most abundant positive habitats surveyed (43% of all An. farauti positive habitats). Habitats with An. farauti larvae were signifcantly associated with abiotic (pH, nitrate, ammonia and phosphate concentrations and elevated temperature) and biotic (predators) parameters.

Conclusion: Large swamps and lagoons are the largest and most abundant An. farauti habitats in the Solomon Islands. Positive habitats were more frequently associated with the presence of predators (vertebrates and invertebrates) and higher water temperatures. Cohabitation with predators is indicative of a complex habitat ecosystem and raises questions about the potential of biological control as an efective control strategy. Increased presence of An. farauti with higher water temperature suggests a potential explanation for the coastal distribution of this species which is not found inland at elevated altitudes where temperatures would be cooler.

Item ID: 62243
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1475-2875
Keywords: Anopheles farauti, Anopheles hinesorum, Anopheles lungae, Malaria, Receptivity, Elimination, Density, Wing length, Solomon Islands
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Funders: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), National Institutes of Health for the International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research in the Southwest Pacific, James Cook University
Projects and Grants: BMGF Grant No. 45114
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Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2020 02:38
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310304 Freshwater ecology @ 33%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310913 Invertebrate biology @ 33%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320211 Infectious diseases @ 34%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
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