Molecular confirmation of sympatric populations of An. messeae and An. atroparvus overwintering in Kent, southeast England

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2002
Authors:Y. - M. Linton, Smith, L., Harbach, R. E.
Journal:European Mosquito Bulletin
Date Published:08/2002

<p>Mosquitoes of the Anopheles maculipennis complex were collected as overwintering adults in a disused war fortification near the Cliffe marshes in the county of Kent, southeast England in January 2002. Fifty-three adult females were collected and fifty-two of these were identified as either An. atroparvus van Thiel or An. messeae&nbsp;Falleroni on the basis of similarity to rDNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS2) sequences in GenBank. Forty&nbsp;specimens (76.9%) were identified as An. messeae and 12 (23.1%) as An. atroparvus. DNA sequences for these&nbsp;species from England are provided for the first time, which enhance knowledge of the species composition and&nbsp;distribution of the An. maculipennis complex in England.</p>

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