Preliminary Observations on the Association of Skusea pembaensis (Diptera: Culicidae) and Cardisoma carnifex (Decapoda: Geocarcinidae) in Mangroves of Northeast Tanzania


Irish, SR; Kirby, MJ; (2013) Preliminary Observations on the Association of Skusea pembaensis (Diptera: Culicidae) and Cardisoma carnifex (Decapoda: Geocarcinidae) in Mangroves of Northeast Tanzania. Journal of insect behavior, 26 (5). pp. 740-744. ISSN 0892-7553 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10905-013-9393-5

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Abstract

The mosquito Skusea pembaensis Theobald inhabits mangrove habitats in East Africa, where the adults oviposit on crabs and the larvae undergo development in the water at the bottom of crab burrows. In Tanga, Tanzania, Sk. pembaensis adults were observed in and around the burrows of the land crab Cardisoma carnifex Herbst, a previously unreported association. C. carnifex adults were transported from the mangrove to a laboratory holding container, immersed in tap water, and released 2 days later. Larvae of Skusea pembaensis were recovered from 91 % of C. carnifex of diverse sizes and both sexes, preliminary evidence of the close association between these two species in coastal Northeastern Tanzania. Sk. pembaensis is a neglected species but may be a vector of medical importance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Skusea pembaensis, Cardisoma carnifex, tanga, tanzania, virus, kenya
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
Web of Science ID: 322728100012
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1229384

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