Journal of Medical Entomology (2017) 54, 485-488

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A.S. Araki, D.A. Maia, H.R. Gil-Santana, C.F. de Mello, J. Martins and J. Alencar (2017)
Variation in mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I DNA can successfully identify Culex (Melanoconion) pedroi (Diptera: Culicidae) and Culex (Melanoconion) ribeirensis (Diptera: Culicidae)
Journal of Medical Entomology 54 (2), 485-488
Abstract: Culex (Melanoconion) pedroi Sirivanakarn and Belkin 1980 and Culex (Melanoconion) ribeirensis Forattini and Sallum 1985 are two morphologically very similar species of the Pedroi subgroup of mosquitoes in the Spissipes section of the subgenus Melanoconion of the genus Culex L. 1758. We carried out an analysis of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) DNA variation between these two species. The recent observation of sympatric coexistence in a forested area of Rio de Janeiro State (Brazil) triggered the need to validate these two species previously identified based on morphology. We concluded that the COI is a useful tool for identification of Cx. pedroi and Cx. ribeirensis.
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Database assignments for author(s): Jeronimo Alencar, Ademir Jesus Martins

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
molecular biology - genes

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Culex pedroi Brazil (south)
Culex ribeirensis Brazil (south)