Physical characteristics and reproductive performance in Aedes (Diptera: Culicidae)

  • H. Dieng | hamadydieng69@gmail.com Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, University Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Malaysia.
  • F. Abang Faculty of Resource Science and Technology, University Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching, Malaysia.
  • A.H. Ahmad School of Biological Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
  • I. Abd Ghani Faculty of Science and Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • T. Satho Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka University, Japan.
  • F. Miake Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka University, Japan.
  • H. Ahmad School of Biological Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
  • W.F. Zuharah School of Biological Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
  • A.H.A Majid School of Biological Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
  • R.E. Morales Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand.
  • N.P. Morales Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand.
  • C.N. Hipolito School of Biological Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
  • G.T. Noweg Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, University Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Malaysia.

Abstract

Body size is a physical factor of crucial importance underlying important traits of the reproductive dynamics of both sexes in mosquitoes. Most studies on the influence of body size in mating success of dengue vectors addressed sperm transfer to females and did not consider egg production, a prerequisite for population maintenance; male body size impact on reproduction has attracted little research interest with respect to sterile insect technique. In experiments involving differently sized adults, we examined whether the body size of the mates is a source of variation in reproductive outcome in Aedes aegypti. In the absence of male partners, large females (LF) showed better fecundity than small females (SF). In intraclass mating trials, egg production was much greater in largesized than smallsized pairs. There were comparable fecundities in large females mated with small males and large pairs. [SF•SM] and [SF•LM] pairs showed equivalent fecundity. Nonmating did not result in the production of viable eggs by either small or large females. We also observed that eggs produced by largesized females mated with small males had better hatching success than those from either small or large pairs. Mating between small females and large males resulted in poor egg viability.

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H. Dieng, Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, University Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching, Kota Samarahan
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2016-12-19
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Keywords:
Aedes aegypti, body size, mating success, fecundity.
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How to Cite
Dieng, H., Abang, F., Ahmad, A., Abd Ghani, I., Satho, T., Miake, F., Ahmad, H., Zuharah, W., Majid, A., Morales, R., Morales, N., Hipolito, C., & Noweg, G. (2016). Physical characteristics and reproductive performance in Aedes (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research, 48(3), 323-331. https://doi.org/10.4081/jear.2016.5883