Wetlands Ecology and Management

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 331–344

Surrounding land use significantly influences adult mosquito abundance and species richness in urban mangroves

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11273-016-9520-0

Cite this article as:
Claflin, S.B. & Webb, C.E. Wetlands Ecol Manage (2017) 25: 331. doi:10.1007/s11273-016-9520-0


Mangroves harbor mosquitoes capable of transmitting human pathogens; consequently, urban mangrove management must strike a balance between conservation and minimizing public health risks. Land use may play a key role in shaping the mosquito community within urban mangroves through either species spillover or altering the abundance of mosquitoes associated with the mangrove. In this study, we explore the impact of land use within 500 m of urban mangroves on the abundance and diversity of adult mosquito populations. Carbon dioxide baited traps were used to sample host-seeking female mosquitoes around nine mangrove forest sites along the Parramatta River, Sydney, Australia. Specimens were identified to species and for each site, mosquito species abundance, species richness and diversity were calculated and were analyzed in linear mixed effects models. We found that the percentage of residential land and bushland in the surrounding area had a negative effect on mosquito abundance and species richness. Conversely, the amount of mangrove had a significant positive effect on mosquito abundance, and the amount of industrial land had a significant positive effect on species richness. These results demonstrate the need for site-specific investigations of mosquito communities associated with specific habitat types and the importance of considering surrounding land use in moderating local mosquito communities. A greater understanding of local land use and its influence on mosquito habitats could add substantially to the predictive power of disease risk models and assist local authorities develop policies for urban development and wetland rehabilitation.


Mosquitoes Mangroves Urban Ecology Landuse Aedes vigilax Avicennia marina 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EntomologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Menzies Institute for Medical ResearchHobartAustralia
  3. 3.Marie Bashir Institute of Infectious Diseases and BiosecurityUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Medical Entomology, NSW Health PathologyWestmead HospitalWestmeadAustralia

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