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Revista Brasileira de Entomologia

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VIDAL, Paloma Oliveira; PERUZIN, Maria Cristina  and  SUESDEK, Lincoln. Wing diagnostic characters for Culex quinquefasciatus and Culex nigripalpus (Diptera, Culicidae). Rev. Bras. entomol. [online]. 2011, vol.55, n.1, pp.134-137. ISSN 0085-5626.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0085-56262011000100022.

Wing diagnostic characters for Culex quinquefasciatus and Culex nigripalpus (Diptera, Culicidae). Culex quinquefasciatus and Culex nigripalpus are mosquitoes of public health interest, which can occur sympatrically in urban and semi-urban localities. Morphological identification of these species may be difficult when specimens are not perfectly preserved. In order to suggest an alternative taxonomical diagnosis, wings of these species were comparatively characterized using geometric morphometrics. Both species could be distinguished by wing shape with accuracy rates ranging from 85-100%. Present results indicate that one can identify these species relying only on wing characters when traditional taxonomical characters are not visible.

Keywords : Culicid; geometry; species diagnosis; vector.

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