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Species Mansonia titillans

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Culicomorpha (Mosquitoes and Midges)
Family Culicidae (Mosquitoes)
Tribe Mansoniini
Genus Mansonia
Species titillans (Mansonia titillans)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mansonia titillans (Walker)
Orig. Comb: Culex titillans Walker, 1848
Explanation of Names
titillans - Latin for 'tickle' (1)
Range
TX, FL / W. Indies/ Mex. to S. Amer. (3)
a serious problem in lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas (3)
Life Cycle
After hatching, the larvae attach themselves to the submerged roots of aquatic plants from which they obtain oxygen. The pupae also remain attached to the roots of the plants until time for emergence of the adults. (3)
Remarks
The females are troublesome out-of-doors biters and are known to fly several miles from marshes, ponds, and lakes where their immature stages occur. (3)
Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus recovered from wild-caught Mansonia titillans in Trinidad, also known to be a vector of filariasis. (3)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Identification guide to common mosquitoes of Florida, by M.M. Cutwa-Francis & G.F. O'Meara
3.Mosquitoes of North America (North of Mexico)
Stanley J. Carpenter, Walter J. Lacasse. 1974. Univ of California Pr.