Oviposition habitat preferences of Toxorhynchites moctezuma mosquitoes in four types of tropical forest in Trinidad.

Autor(es): O'Malley S L; Hubbard S F; Chadee D D

Resumo: 1. Oviposition of the mosquito Toxorhynchites moctezuma Dyar & Knab was investigated in four types of tropical forest in Trinidad, West Indies, using surrogate and natural ovitraps. Larvae of Tx. moctezuma are obligate predators that might be useful for the biological control of Aedes aegypti (L). 2. Significantly more oviposition occurred in seasonal-deciduous forest than in either montane or evergreen-seasonal forest. 3. Oviposition in surrogate containers (black-painted polystyrene cups, 90 mm diameter) was compared with that occurring in typical natural containers (nutpots of Lecythis zapucajo Aublet). Surrogate ovipots were relatively insensitive indicators of oviposition activity, and would be an inefficient means of harvesting Tx. moctezuma eggs. 4. Implications for the collection, culture and mass release of Tx. moctezuma are discussed.

Palavras-Chave: Toxorhynchites moctezuma; Mosquito oviposition; Ovitraps habitat preferences; Biological control; Trinidad

Imprenta: Medical and Veterinary Entomology, v. 3, n. 3, p. 247-252, 1989

Identificador do objeto digital: 10.1111/j.1365-2915.1989.tb00224.x

Descritores: Aedes aegypti - Public health

Data de publicação: 1989