Identification of mosquito species in Cebu, Philippines
Author(s): Milagros M Greif, Joezen Coralles and Carlou John Letigio
Abstract: Mosquitoes are insects belonging to order Diptera, suborder Nematocera, and family Culicidae. Some species of which are important vectors of diseases. Identification of mosquito species based on morphological characteristics was conducted in Cebu, Philippines. Four municipalities of Cebu and two selected Barangays of Cebu City were chosen for the study. The municipalities include: Toledo, Argao, Naga, Lapu-Lapu and Liloan. The 2 selected Barangays of Cebu City, are; Lahug, and Toribio Padilla. Each of possible breeding places of mosquitoes were identified and examined for the presence of mosquito larvae in all sampling areas. Description of breeding sites included: type of breeding site (barrels, discarded tires, tin cans, etc.). There are four mosquito species identified during the 3 quarters of sampling period. The following mosquito species that identified are: Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, Culex pipiens pipiens and Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus. Aedes aegypti species is present in all sampling areas. The breeding sites that were identified during the sampling areas were clean and stagnant water like metal drums and discarded tires which are favorable breeding sites of Ae. aegypti. However, Aedes albopictus and Culex pipiens pipiens are absent in Barangay Lahug and Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus is absent in Toledo and Naga. These mosquito species breed in dirty and polluted water like canals. In the said Barangays, there were canals found to be existing, however, the water present in the canals was flowing and for this reason, the mosquito failed to lay their eggs.
Abdominal segment VIII of Aedes aegypti
How to cite this article:
Milagros M Greif, Joezen Coralles, Carlou John Letigio. Identification of mosquito species in Cebu, Philippines. Int J Mosq Res 2017;4(3):113-116.