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Aedes japonicus, the Asian bush mosquito  - Ochlerotatus japonicus - female

Aedes japonicus, the Asian bush mosquito - Ochlerotatus japonicus - Female
Mercer County, New Jersey, USA

this should remain under Aedes
this should remain under Aedes as "Aedes japonicus"

the Ochlertotatus vs. Aedes debate is continuing and phylogenies still being worked out....

"Journal of Medical Entomology takes the position that more research (including molecular evidence) and interpretation are needed to develop a consensus on the reclassification of Aedini proposed by Reinert (2000) and Reinert et al. (2004). In particular, the nomenclatural implications need to be separated from their cladistic analyses. Accordingly, JME encourages authors dealing with aedine mosquitoes to maintain usage of the traditional names (, except when the author has taxonomic reasons for not doing so."


thank you

There is a forum for taxonomy discussions. You should post there to raise this issue. I was only following the classification previously decided for BugGuide. Personally, I don't see the point in splitting the genus.

We only have one page per species here. This picutre is under the one for Culex japonicus Theobald by whether combination it is now known. If these mosquitoes belong to the species they are on the right page. Whether the species page is under the right genus page is a separate issue. We can and do move species pages around, taking all the images along for the ride, to use a better classification.

Ok, but....
First, welcome to Bugguide and thank you for sharing such amazing images. Second, would you mind fleshing-out your profile page, please, such that we know your own credentials? Thank you.

Moved from Aedes.

I think that'd be Ochlerotatus japonicus here.

for notes on taxonomy used for mosquitos. (I know nothing about mosquitos, but was checking to see if you needed a new guide page for this post.)

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