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1 March 2011 Biodiversity and Times of Activity of Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Biome of the Atlantic Forest in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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A temporal observational study on culicid entoniofauna was conducted in a region characterized as a fragment of the Atlantic Forest that forms the Tinguá Biological Reserve in the State of Rio de Janeiro. This investigation was performed with the aim of analyzing the influence of climatic factors (temperature and relative air humidity) on the activity levels at different times of the day among mosquito species within the ecosystems that form the Tinguá Biological Reserve. The abundance index and dominance coefficient were calculated in relation to 61 mosquito species that were caught at four sampling sites, in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. The results revealed that culicid species were distributed with greater incidence during the two diurnal periods and that their preference for times of the day was directly influenced by the climatic variables analyzed. The latter acted as limiting factors for occurrences of mosquito species.

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Jeronimo Alencar, Zeni Melo Fereira, Catarina Macedo Lopes, Nicolau Maués Serra-Freire, Rubens Pinto De Mello, Júlia Dos Santos Silva, and Anthony Érico Guimarães "Biodiversity and Times of Activity of Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Biome of the Atlantic Forest in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil," Journal of Medical Entomology 48(2), 223-231, (1 March 2011). https://doi.org/10.1603/ME09214
Received: 14 August 2009; Accepted: 1 October 2010; Published: 1 March 2011
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