Mosquitoes (diptera: Culicidae) from villages and forest areas of rural communes in khanh hoa and binh phuoc provinces, vietnam

Nam S. Vu, Jeffrey C. Hertz, Nicholas J. Martin, Tu C. Tran, Jodi M. Fiorenzano, Phong V. Tran, Hoang V. Nguyen, Anh D. Dang, Duong N. Tran, Maysa T. Motoki*

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This study presents the diversity of mosquitoes collected from communes, endemic with malaria and dengue, located in Khanh Hoa and Binh Phuoc Provinces, Vietnam. A total of 10,288 mosquitoes were collected in the village and forested sites using standard larval dippers, cow-baited traps, ultra-violet light traps, and mechanical aspirators. Mosquito taxa were identified morphologically and species complexes/groups were further characterized molecularly. Five genera of mosquitoes were morphologically identified: Anopheles Meigen (21 species), Aedes Meigen (2 species), Culex Linnaeus (5 species), Mansonia Blanchard sp., and Armigeres Theobald sp. The PCR-based identification methods allowed the distinction of members of Maculatus Group, Funestus Group, and Dirus Complex; and DNA barcodes enabled the further identification of the Barbirostris Complex. Data reported here include the first report of An. saeungae Taai & Harbach and An. wejchoochotei Taai & Harbach from Vietnam, and re-emphasizes the significance of using molecular data in an integrated systematic approach to identify cryptic species and better understand their role in disease transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2264-2273
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medical Entomology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • DNA barcodes
  • Mosquito diversity
  • PCR-based identification method
  • Vietnam


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