Reverse identification key for mosquito species

Anders Lindström, Disa Eklöf, Nick M Van Hul, Marieta Braks, Arjan Stroo, Dušan Petrić, Francis Schaffner, Wim Van Bortel

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More and more people are getting involved in the surveillance of invasive mosquito species in the EU/EEA, not just professionals with formal training in entomology. There are many taxonomic keys available for identifying mosquitoes of medical and veterinary importance, but they are almost all designed for professionally trained entomologists.

This key provides the non-specialist with reference material to help recognise an invasive mosquito species and gives details on the morphology (in the species-specific pages) to help with verification and the compiling of a final list of candidates. The key displays six invasive / exotic mosquito species that are present in the EU/EEA or have been intercepted in the past. It also contains 16 native species. The native species have been selected (1) based on their morphological similarity with the invasive species; (2) on the likelihood of encountering them; and (3) to include representatives of all mosquito genera present in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEuropean Centre for Disease Prevention & Control
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 25-Jul-2022

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