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Revista Brasileira de Entomologia

On-line version ISSN 1806-9665

Rev. Bras. entomol. vol.49 no.2 São Paulo June 2005 



Checklist of aedine mosquito species (Diptera, Culicidae, Aedini) occurring in Middle and South America (south of the United States) reflecting current generic and subgeneric status


Lista das espécies de mosquitos aedine (Diptera, Culicidae, Aedini) que ocorrem nas Américas Central e do Sul (ao sul dos Estados Unidos) refletindo o status genérico e subgenérico atual



John F. ReinertI; Ralph E. HarbachII; Maria Anice Mureb SallumIII

ICenter for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE), United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 1600/1700 SW 23rd Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608-1067 and collaborator, Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (WRBU), National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
IIDepartment of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom
IIISchool of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Medical Entomology Unit for Taxonomic and Systematic Research, São Paulo, Brazil




A list of species of tribe Aedini from Middle and South American, south of the United States, with their current generic combinations is provided. Its purpose is to enable entomologists, public health personnel and mosquito control workers to more quickly become familiar with recent formal taxonomic changes within the tribe.

Keywords: Aedini; Culicidae; Checklist.


Apresenta-se lista das espécies da tribo Aedini das Américas Central e do Sul, com a combinação atual de gêneros. Objetiva-se oferecer subsídios aos entomologistas, pessoas dos serviços de saúde e todos os envolvidos com o controle de mosquitos para torna-los familiarizados mais rapidamente com as alterações taxonômicas atuais propostas para a tribo.

Palavras-chave: Aedini; Culicidae; lista das espécies.



Guimarães (1997) listed the species of Culicidae from Middle and South America, south of the United States, and provided a basis for the present checklist of Aedini. Several recent studies resulted in a number of generic and subgeneric changes to the classification of the tribe in this geographic region and other regions of the world. Changes that impact on the Middle and South American fauna included the resurrection of Ochlerotatus Lynch Arribalzaga to generic status from the composite genus Aedes Meigen (Reinert 2000). More recently, Reinert et al. (2004) revised the generic classification of Aedini based on cladistic analyses of all previously recognized genera, subgenera and major species groups of the tribe. As a result of this extensive study, which included 172 morphological characters of all life stages, 46 genera are now recognized for most of the species previously included in 12 genera and 56 subgenera. As required by Articles 31.2 and 34.2 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON ZOOLOGICAL NOMENCLATURE 1999), the terminations of many species names were changed to agree in gender with newly recognized genera, but for Middle and South American species this applies only to Stegomyia albopicta (Skuse).

The present paper summarizes the taxonomic changes that apply only to the aedine mosquitoes of Middle and South America, south of the United States. Eight genera and 213 species of Aedini (including 3 nomina dubia of Psorophora Robineau-Desvoidy) occur in this geographic area, but only 120 species are now classified in one or other of the genera. In this geographical area, species previously included in subgenera Ochlerotatus (58 species) and Protomacleaya Theobald (35 species) of Ochlerotatus and one species of subgenus Aedimorphus Theobald of Aedes cannot be placed in a currently recognized genus and are regarded as incertae sedis (a Latin term meaning "of uncertain taxonomic position") within Aedini. These species are indicated in the list below as belonging to genus (subgenus) of authors, e.g., Aedes (Aedimorphus) sensu auctorum. These generic-level designations are not to be interpreted as having formal status. They are merely temporary repositories for the species listed below them and we recommend the generic-level taxa sensu auctorum continue to be used in the accustomed combinations until the generic placement of these species is resolved. By doing so, minimal disruption will occur with the use of species names with their associated generic-level (genus and subgenus) names. As an example, Aedes (Aedimorphus) vexans Meigen is a valid species of uncertain generic and subgeneric placement that was previously placed in subgenus Aedimorphus of Aedes. Once the phylogenetic relationships of incertae sedis species have been analyzed, they will be retained in their current genera, assigned to new genera, or placed in genera resurrected from synonymy with the genera in which they were previously assigned. However, we emphasize that until such studies have been accomplished, incertae sedis species should continue to be cited with their accustomed generic and subgeneric affiliations. Studies are currently underway to resolve the taxonomy of the incertae sedis taxa.

In the new classification, genus Aedes is restricted to the former subgenus Aedes. Stegomyia Theobald, formerly a subgenus of Aedes, is now reinstated to its original status as a genus and includes the two imported species St. aegypti (Linnaeus) and St. albopicta. Genus Ochlerotatus is restricted to five species unassigned to subgenus that were previously included in subgenus Ochlerotatus. Four former subgenera of Ochlerotatus, i.e., Howardina Theobald, the monobasic Aztecaedes Zavortink, Gymnometopa Coquillett, and Kompia Aitken, now have full generic status. Haemagogus Williston and Psorophora are still recognized as genera and their subgeneric classifications remain unchanged. Abbreviations used for genera (2 letters) and subgenera (3 letters) of Culicidae follow Reinert (2001) and Reinert et al. (2004). The abbreviations for genera of Aedini in Middle and South America are indicated before the species listed below.

Species with taxonomically valid generic and subgeneric placement

Tribe Aedini Belkin, 1962

Genus Aztecaedes Zavortink, 1972

Az. ramirezi (Vargas & Downs, 1950)

Genus Gymnometopa Coquillett, 1906

Gy. mediovittatus (Coquillett, 1906)

Genus Haemagogus Williston, 1896

Subgenus Conopostegus Dyar, 1925

Hg. clarki (Galindo, Carpenter & Trapido, 1952)
Hg. leucocelaenus (Dyar & Shannon, 1924)
Hg. leucophoebus (Galindo, Carpenter & Trapido, 1953)
Hg. leucotaeniatus (Komp, 1938)

Subgenus Haemagogus

Hg. acutisentis Arnell, 1973
Hg. aeritinctus Galindo & Trapido, 1967
Hg. albomaculatus Theobald, 1903
Hg. anastasionis Dyar, 1921
Hg. andinus Osorno-Mesa, 1944
Hg. argyromeris Dyar & Ludlow, 1921
Hg. baresi Cerqueira, 1960
Hg. boshelli Osorno-Mesa, 1944
Hg. capricornii Lutz, 1904
Hg. celeste Dyar & Nunez Tovar, 1927
Hg. chalcospilans Dyar, 1921
Hg. chrysochlorus Arnell, 1973
Hg. equinus Theobald, 1903
Hg. iridicolor Dyar, 1921
Hg. janthinomys Dyar, 1921
Hg. lucifer (Howard, Dyar & Knab, 1913)
Hg. mesodentatus Komp & Kumm, 1938
Hg. nebulosus Arnell, 1973
Hg. panarchys Dyar, 1921
Hg. regalis Dyar & Knab, 1906
Hg. soperi Levi-Castillo, 1955
Hg. spegazzinii Brethes, 1912
Hg. splendens Williston, 1896
Hg. tropicalis Cerqueira & Antunes, 1938

Genus Howardina Theobald, 1903

Hw. albonotatus (Coquillett, 1906)
Hw. allotecnon (Kumm, Komp & Ruiz, 1940)
Hw. arborealis (Bonne-Wepster & Bonne, 1920)
Hw. argyrites (Dyar & Nunez Tovar, 1927)
Hw. aureolineatus (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. aurites Theobald, 1907
Hw. aurivittatus (Cerqueira, 1943)
Hw. bahamensis (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. brevis (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. brevivittatus (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. busckii (Coquillett, 1906)
Hw. cozumelensis (Diaz Najera, 1966)
Hw. ecuadoriensis (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. eleanorae (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. fulvithorax (Lutz, 1904)
Hw. grabhami (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. guatemala (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. guerrero (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. inaequalis Grabham, 1907
Hw. ioliota (Dyar & Knab, 1913)
Hw. leei (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. lorraineae (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. marinkellei (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. martinezi (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. osornoi (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. pseudodominicii (Komp, 1936)
Hw. quadrivittatus (Coquillett, 1902)
Hw. septemstriatus (Dyar & Knab, 1907)
Hw. sexlineatus (Theobald, 1901)
Hw. spinosus (Berlin, 1969)
Hw. stenei (Thompson, 1956)
Hw. vanemdeni (Martini, 1931)
Hw. walkeri (Theobald, 1901)
Hw. whitmorei (Dunn, 1918)

Genus Kompia Aitken, 1941

Ko. purpureipes (Aitken, 1941)

Genus Ochlerotatus Lynch Arribalzaga, 1891

Unassigned to subgenus

Oc. dorsalis (Meigen, 1830)
Oc. fulvus (Wiedemann, 1828)
Oc. infirmatus (Dyar & Knab, 1906)
Oc. scapularis (Rondani, 1848)
Oc. sollicitans (Walker, 1856)

Genus Psorophora Robineau-Desvoidy, 1827

Subgenus Grabhamia Theobald, 1903

Ps. cingulata (Fabricius, 1805)
Ps. columbiae (Dyar & Knab, 1906)
Ps. confinnis (Lynch Arribalzaga, 1891)
Ps. dimidiata (Cerqueira, 1943)
Ps. discolor (Coquillett, 1903)
Ps. infinis (Dyar & Knab, 1906)
Ps. insularia (Dyar & Knab, 1906)
Ps. jamaicensis Theobald, 1901
Ps. leucocnemis Martini, 1931
Ps. paulli Paterson & Shannon, 1927
Ps. pruinosa Martini, 1935
Ps. pygmaea (Theobald, 1903)
Ps. santamarinai Broche, 2000
Ps. signipennis (Coquillett, 1904)
Ps. varinervis Edwards, 1922

Subgenus Janthinosoma Lynch Arribalzaga, 1891

Ps. albigenu (Peryassu, 1908)
Ps. albipes (Theobald, 1907)
Ps. amazonica Cerqueira, 1960
Ps. champerico (Dyar & Knab, 1906)
Ps. circumflava Cerqueira, 1943
Ps. cyanescens (Coquillett, 1902)
Ps. discrucians (Walker, 1856)
Ps. ferox (von Humboldt, 1819)
Ps. fiebrigi Edwards, 1922
Ps. forceps Cerqueira, 1939
Ps. johnstonii (Grabham, 1905)
Ps. lanei Shannon & Cerqueira, 1943
Ps. lutzii (Theobald, 1901)
Ps. melanota Cerqueira, 1943
Ps. mexicana (Bellardi, 1859)
Ps. pilosus Duret, 1971
Ps. pseudoalbipes Duret, 1971
Ps. pseudomelanota Barata & Cotrim, 1971
Ps. totonaci Lassmann, 1951
Ps. varipes (Coquillett, 1904)

Subgenus Psorophora

Ps. ciliata (Fabricius, 1794)
Ps. cilipes (Fabricius, 1805)
Ps. holmbergii Lynch Arribalzaga, 1891
Ps. howardii Coquillett, 1901
Ps. lineata (von Humboldt, 1819)
Ps. ochripes (Macquart, 1850)
Ps. pallescens Edwards, 1922
Ps. pilipes (Macquart, 1834)
Ps. saeva Dyar & Knab, 1906
Ps. stonei Vargas, 1956

Nomina dubia

Ps. goeldii (Giles, 1904)
Ps. marmorata (Phillipi, 1865)
Ps. perterrens (Walker, 1856)

Genus Stegomyia Theobald, 1901

St. aegypti (Linnaeus, 1762)
St. albopicta (Skuse, 1895)

Incertae sedis species with provisional generic and subgeneric placement

Genus Aedes Meigen, 1818, sensu auctorum

Subgenus Aedimorphus Theobald, 1903, sensu auctorum

Ae. vexans vexans (Meigen, 1830)

Genus Ochlerotatus Lynch Arribalzaga, 1891, sensu auctorum

Subgenus Ochlerotatus Lynch Arribalzaga, 1891, sensu auctorum

Oc. aenigmaticus (Cerqueira & Costa, 1946)
Oc. albifasciatus (Macquart, 1838)
Oc. angustivittatus (Dyar & Knab, 1907)
Oc. annuliventris (Blanchard, 1852)
Oc. atactavittatus (Arnell, 1976)
Oc. auratus (Grabham, 1906)
Oc. bejaranoi (Martinez, Carcavallo & Prosen, 1960)
Oc. bimaculatus (Coquillett, 1902)
Oc. bogotanus (Arnell, 1976)
Oc. calumnior (Belkin, Heinemann & Page, 1970)
Oc. campestris (Dyar and Knab, 1907)
Oc. canadensis (Theobald, 1901)
Oc. comitatus (Arnell, 1976)
Oc. condolescens (Dyar & Knab, 1907)
Oc. crinifer (Theobald, 1903)
Oc. deficiens (Arnell, 1976)
Oc. dupreei (Coquillett, 1904)
Oc. epactius (Dyar & Knab, 1908)
Oc. eucephalaeus (Dyar, 1918)
Oc. euiris (Dyar, 1922)
Oc. euplocamus (Dyar & Knab, 1906)
Oc. fluviatilis (Lutz, 1904)
Oc. hastatus (Dyar, 1922)
Oc. hortator (Dyar & Knab, 1907)
Oc. incomptus (Arnell, 1976)
Oc. jacobinae (Serafim & Davis, 1933)
Oc. laguna (Arnell & Nielsen, 1972)
Oc. lepidus (Cerqueira & Paraense, 1945)
Oc. martineti (Senevet, 1937)
Oc. meprai (Martinez & Prosen, 1953)
Oc. milleri (Dyar, 1922)
Oc. mitchellae (Dyar, 1905)
Oc. monticola (Belkin & McDonald, 1957)
Oc. muelleri (Dyar, 1920)
Oc. nubilus (Theobald, 1903)
Oc. obturbator (Dyar & Knab, 1907)
Oc. oligopistus (Dyar, 1918)
Oc. patersoni (Shannon & del Ponte, 1928)
Oc. pectinatus (Arnell, 1976)
Oc. pennai (Antunes & Lane, 1938)
Oc. pertinax (Grabham, 1906)
Oc. perventor (Cerqueira & Costa, 1946)
Oc. phaeonotus (Arnell, 1976)
Oc. raymondi (del Ponte, Castro & Garcia, 1951)
Oc. rhyacophilus (da Costa Lima, 1933)
Oc. scutellalbum (Boshell-Manrique, 1939)
Oc. serratus (Theobald, 1901)
Oc. shannoni (Vargas & Downs, 1950)
Oc. spencerii (Theobald, 1901)
Oc. squamiger (Coquillett, 1902)
Oc. stigmaticus (Edwards, 1922)
Oc. synchitus (Arnell, 1976)
Oc. taeniorhynchus (Wiedemann, 1821)
Oc. thelcter (Dyar, 1918)
Oc. tormentor (Dyar & Knab, 1906)
Oc. tortilis (Theobald, 1903)
Oc. trivittatus (Coquillett, 1902)
Oc. upatensis (Anduze & Hecht, 1943)

Subgenus Protomacleaya Theobald, 1907, sensu auctorum

Oc. aitkeni (Schick, 1970)
Oc. alboapicus (Schick, 1970)
Oc. argyrothorax (Bonne-Wepster & Bonne, 1920)
Oc. berlini (Schick, 1970)
Oc. bertrami (Schick, 1970)
Oc. braziliensis (Gordon & Evans, 1922)
Oc. buenaventura (Schick, 1970)
Oc. burgeri (Zavortink, 1972)
Oc. campana (Schick, 1970)
Oc. casali (Schick, 1970)
Oc. chionotum (Zavortink, 1972)
Oc. daryi (Schick, 1970)
Oc. diazi (Schick, 1970)
Oc. gabriel (Schick, 1970)
Oc. galindoi (Schick, 1970)
Oc. heteropus (Dyar, 1921)
Oc. homoeopus (Dyar, 1922)
Oc. idanus (Schick, 1970)
Oc. impostor (Schick, 1970)
Oc. insolitus (Coquillett, 1906)
Oc. knabi (Coquillett, 1905)
Oc. kompi (Vargas & Downs, 1950)
Oc. metoecopus (Dyar, 1925)
Oc. niveoscutum (Zavortink, 1972)
Oc. podographicus (Dyar & Knab, 1906)
Oc. sandrae (Zavortink, 1972)
Oc. schicki (Zavortink, 1972)
Oc. schroederi (Schick, 1970)
Oc. sumidero (Schick, 1970)
Oc. tehuantepec (Schick, 1970)
Oc. terrens (Walker, 1856)
Oc. thorntoni (Dyar & Knab, 1907)
Oc. vargasi (Schick, 1970)
Oc. zavortinki (Schick, 1970)
Oc. zoosophus (Dyar and Knab, 1918)

Acknowledgements. Appreciation is expressed to Kenneth J. Linthicum (CMAVE) for providing facilities to JFR. Special thanks are extended to Bruce A. Harrison, (Public Health Pest Management, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Winston-Salem, NC) and Graham B. White (Department of Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL) for reviewing the manuscript.



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Received 6.XII.2004; accepted 15.IV.2005

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