oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The attraction of mosquitoes by animal baits in the Northern Guinea Savannah of Nigeria

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Previous studies on the ecology of the mosquitoes of the Northern Guinea Savannah of Nigeria have shown that both Anopheles gambiae Giles and A. funestus Giles, the two primary vectors of human malaria, are markedly anthropophilic (Service, 1963). Out of 511 A. gambiae and 311 A. funestus collected from inside huts and out of doors and tested by precipitin tests for the origins of their blood meals, only 16 per cent. of A. gambiae and 28 per cent. of A. funestus were found to have fed on animals. It was further shown that other species which were often taken biting man, e.g. A. rufipes (Gough), A. rufipes var. ingrami Edw., A. flavicosta Edw. and A. hancocki var. brohieri Edw., fed also to some extent on animals.

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