Haemagogus (genus)

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Author(s): Rahuel Chan, Instituto Tecnologico de Chetumal
Source: BOLD System

Haemagogus Williston, 1896

This genus of mosquitoes contains around 30 species that are found in the forests of Central and South America. Several species are important because they frequently bite humans and transmit virus diseases like yellow fever. The vector species include, for example, Haemagogus janthinomys or H. leucocelaenus.

The species can be common in forest canopies (acrodendrophilic) and show diurnal activity. They have been reported to breed in small water accumulations like holes in tree trunks. The adults are characterized by smooth metallic scales on the scutum and silvery scales in a broad band from the scutum to the coxae.

Type species: Haemagogus splendens

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: