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|Title||Culex malariager, N. sp (Diptera : Culicidae) from Dominican amber: The first fossil mosquito vector of plasmodium|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington|
|Type of Article||Journal Article|
A new species of fossil mosquito, Culex malariager (Culicidae: Diptera), is described from Dominican amber. This species differs from extant members of the genus by the following combination of characters: 1) proboscis shorter than antennae; 2) wing scales both long and narrow and short and broad; 3) base of R vein (remigium) with two groups of dorsal setae; 4) clypeus as long as broad; 5) empodium on foretarsus; 6) vein 2A with rows of erect, short setae, and 7) postgenital lobe covering base of cerci. Inside the body cavity of C. malariensis are various stages (oocysts, sporozoites, ookinete, and microgametocyte) of a Plasmodium malarial parasite. This is the first record of a fossil mosquito vector of a vertebrate pathogen.
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