Modelling the ecology of the coastal mosquitoes Aedes vigilax and Aedes camptorhynchus at Port Pirie, South Australia

M. J. Kokkinn, D. J. Duval, Craig Williams

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Abstract

Two mosquito species, Aedes camptorhynchus (Thomson) and Aedes vigilax (Skuse) (Diptera: Culicidae) are responsible for significant nuisance biting and disease transmission in southern coastal Australia. Mosquito abundance, tide height, temperature and rainfall data were collected over three summer seasons (2002, 2003, 2004) at Port Pirie, South Australia and subjected to statistical analysis to develop ecological models for predicting problem mosquito outbreaks. A logistic regression model for Ae. camptorhynchus gave a predictive R 2 of 0.30 using mean air temperature, whereas, for Ae. vigilax, tide height, mean air temperature and day length yielded a regression with an R 2 of 0.68. These models identify significant environmental drivers for both species and may be useful in the prediction of future outbreaks, particularly of Ae. vigilax.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalMedical and Veterinary Entomology
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aedes camptorhynchus
  • Aedes vigilax
  • Coastal
  • Mosquito
  • Outbreak prediction
  • Problem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • veterinary(all)
  • Insect Science

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