Preliminary observation on the gradient distribution of hibernating females of anopheles sinensis and anopheles pullus in the Republic of Korea

Jongweon Lee, In Yong Lee, Tai Soon Yong, Han Il Ree

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Hibernating females of the Anopheles hyrcanus complex were collected at 4 different latitudes at the end of the hibernation period in March of 2005 and 2006, and species were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) identification. At Paju (37.8°N; average temperature in DecemberFebruary -3.5°C) 74.6% of the females collected were An. pullus and 22.4% were An. sinensis. At Seosan (36.8°N; DecemberFebruary average temperature -1.0°C) and Buan (35.7°N; DecemberFebruary average temperature 0.4°C) 14.7 and 14.8% were An. pullus, and 85.3% and 85.2% were An. sinensis, respectively. At Haenam (34.6°N; DecemberFebruary average temperature 3.1°C) only An. sinensis was found. Our preliminary results indicate that An. sinensis, unlike An. pullus, is not adapted to survive in cold weather.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-122
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Insect Science

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