Translator Disclaimer
1 June 2012 The Effect of Rainstorms on Adult Anopheles funestus Behavior and Survival
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

We describe the effect that the passage of a cold front, with a subsequent heavy rainstorm ten days later, had on a population of Anopheles funestus mosquitoes collected exiting houses or in light-traps from a village in southern Mozambique. Temperature effects explained 40% (r=0.634; p<0.001) of the variation in numbers of males collected and 19% of the variation in gravid females collected (r=0.437; p=0.033). The age structure of mosquitoes varied according to distance from the breeding site (χ2 = 64.1, df 6, p <0.001). The proportion of parous insects that were caught in the light-traps with sacs (χ2 = 6.33, d.f. 2, p=0.042) and young insects that had mated before being collected (χ2 = 13,3, d.f. 2, p=0.001) were reduced on the night of the rain but this effect was short lived. It is concluded that the effect of rain on mosquito populations depends on the kind of water body used for larval development.

J. Derek Charlwood and Mauro Braganca "The Effect of Rainstorms on Adult Anopheles funestus Behavior and Survival," Journal of Vector Ecology 37(1), 252-256, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1948-7134.2012.00224.x
Received: 17 November 2011; Accepted: 1 January 2012; Published: 1 June 2012
JOURNAL ARTICLE
5 PAGES

This article is only available to subscribers.
It is not available for individual sale.
+ SAVE TO MY LIBRARY

SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top