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1 December 2012 Mosquitoes in Degraded and Preserved Areas of the Atlantic Forest and Potential for Vector-Borne Disease Risk in the Municipality of São Paulo, Brazil
Andressa Francisca Ribeiro, Paulo Roberto Urbinatti, Ana Maria Ribeiro de Castro Duarte, Marcia Bicudo de Paula, Diego Mendes Pereira, Luís Filipe Mucci, Aristides Fernandes, Maria Helena Silva Homem de Mello, Marco Otávio de Matos Júnior, Rosane Correa de Oliveira, Delsio Natal, Rosely dos Santos Malafronte
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In order to assess the epidemiological potential of the Culicidae species in remaining areas of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, specimens of this family were collected in wild and anthropic environments. A total of 9,403 adult mosquitoes was collected from May, 2009 to June, 2010. The most prevalent among species collected in the wild environment were Anopheles (Kerteszia) cruzii, the Melanoconion section of Culex (Melanoconion), and Aedes serratus, while the most common in the anthropic site were Coquillettidia chrysonotum/albifera, Culex (Culex) Coronator group, and An. (Ker.) cruzii. Mosquito richness was similar between environments, although the abundance of individuals from different species varied. When comparing diversity patterns between environments, anthropic sites exhibited higher richness and evenness, suggesting that environmental stress increased the number of favorable niches for culicids, promoting diversity. Increased abundance of opportunistic species in the anthropic environment enhances contact with culicids that transmit vector-borne diseases.

Andressa Francisca Ribeiro, Paulo Roberto Urbinatti, Ana Maria Ribeiro de Castro Duarte, Marcia Bicudo de Paula, Diego Mendes Pereira, Luís Filipe Mucci, Aristides Fernandes, Maria Helena Silva Homem de Mello, Marco Otávio de Matos Júnior, Rosane Correa de Oliveira, Delsio Natal, and Rosely dos Santos Malafronte "Mosquitoes in Degraded and Preserved Areas of the Atlantic Forest and Potential for Vector-Borne Disease Risk in the Municipality of São Paulo, Brazil," Journal of Vector Ecology 37(2), 316-324, (1 December 2012). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1948-7134.2012.00233.x
Received: 11 January 2012; Accepted: 1 May 2012; Published: 1 December 2012
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