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Anopheles plumbeus Stephens, 1828: a neglected malaria vector in Europe

Rubén Bueno-Marí, Ricardo Jiménez-Peydró
  • Rubén Bueno-Marí
    Entomology and Pest Control Laboratory, Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (ICBiBE), University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain | ruben.bueno@uv.es
  • Ricardo Jiménez-Peydró
    Entomology and Pest Control Laboratory, Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (ICBiBE), University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Abstract

Traditionally field and laboratory research about malaria vectors in Europe have been mainly focused on the species of the Anopheles maculipennis complex. However, although malaria is essentially a rural disease, potential urban vectors merit attention. Because only a few European Anopheles species can breed in urban environments, improving knowledge about their bioecology is necessary to implement effective control measures. Among these opportunistic species, Anopheles plumbeus has a distinctive dendrolimnic behavior, being able to complete its larval development in small containers. The aim of this paper is to provide a thorough review of the limited studies on An. plumbeus with the aim of providing useful epidemiological information.

Keywords

malaria vectors, Anopheles plumbeus, mosquito control, malaria receptivity, Europe.

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