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Which Culicidae?
Ira Orlicek
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Posted on 14-09-2018 13:14

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Grein/Upper Austria, newly built pond 10.9.2018 - ca. 5mm

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Tony Irwin
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Anopheles "maculipennis complex" - unable to say which species from larval or adult morphology.
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In my opinion An.claviger cannot be excluded without a detailed photo of the head. So Anopheles spec. it is.
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Generally I find that 4th instar claviger have a larger, more transverse central head spot, but I'm not sure that applies to younger larvae. As this one is only 5mm, I guess it could be an earlier instar, so we had best go with Anopheles sp. Smile
On the other hand, the fact that this is a newly-built pond suggests it may be as yet unshaded, [Ira can tell us] in which case I think maculipennis complex is more likely to colonise. Wink
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Posted on 15-09-2018 00:55

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The pond is unshaded. There are no plants in the pond and only a few small plants around the pond.

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