oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Mosquitoes feeding at two horizontal levels in gallery forest in Natal. South Africa. with reference to possible vectors of chikungunya virus

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The relative biting prevalence of mosquito species in the canopy and at ground level was studied in a gallery forest where monkeys had probably been infected with chikungunya virus in the canopy. Several species, some of which fed readily on monkeys, were observed to feed in significant numbers in the canopy. Considering prevalence, host preferences, arboreal tendencies, and vector capability in species where this is known, it is concluded that Aedes (Diceromyia) furcifer (Edwards) and/or Aedes (Diceromyia) taylori Edwards and Mansonia (Mansonioides) africana (Theobald) seem most likely to have been involved as vectors.

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