, Volume 595, Issue 1, pp 477–487 | Cite as

Global diversity of mosquitoes (Insecta: Diptera: Culicidae) in freshwater

  • Leopoldo M. Rueda


Mosquitoes that inhabit freshwater habitats play an important role in the ecological food chain, and many of them are vicious biters and transmitters of human and animal diseases. Relevant information about mosquitoes from various regions of the world are noted, including their morphology, taxonomy, habitats, species diversity, distribution, endemicity, phylogeny, and medical importance.


Mosquitoes Culicidae Diptera Freshwater Diversity 



I thank R. C. Wilkerson, T. Gaffigan, J. Pecor, T. Anderson, and staff of the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit for curating specimens, maintaining the WRBU mosquito catalog websites, and providing help during the preparation of the manuscript. Special thanks go to M. A. Sallum, R. Sithiprasasna, and Y. M. Huang for reviewing the manuscript and providing invaluable advice; to C. R. Summers and B. P. Rueda for providing helpful comments and support. This manuscript was prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Smithsonian Institution, with institutional support provided by both organizations. The opinions and assertions contained herein are those of the author and are not to be construed as official or reflecting the views of the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, Department of Entomology, WRAIRMSC MRC 534 Smithsonian InstitutionSuitlandUSA

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