Anopheles sinensis

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Anopheles sinensis
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Anopheles sinensis Wiedemann, 1828

The mosquito is found in China and neighbouring countries like Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and Japan. It is zoophilic, preferring to feed on cattle and other domestic animals. However, it also bites humans readily, especially when animal hosts are not available. It is a vector of malaria (Plasmodium vivax).

A. sinensis breeds in various water accumulations but mainly in rice fields. Populations can increase rapidly as the development of the immature stages is completed in only 2 weeks. A. sinensis belongs to the Anopheles hyrcanus group.