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1 June 2017 Mosquito Distribution in a Saltmarsh: Determinants of Eggs in a Variable Environment
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Two saltmarsh mosquitoes dominate the transmission of Ross River virus (RRV, Togoviridae: Alphavirus), one of Australia's most prominent mosquito-borne diseases. Ecologically, saltmarshes vary in their structure, including habitat types, hydrological regimes, and diversity of aquatic fauna, all of which drive mosquito oviposition behavior. Understanding the distribution of vector mosquitoes within saltmarshes can inform early warning systems, surveillance, and management of vector populations. The aim of this study was to identify the distribution of Ae. camptorhynchus, a known vector for RRV, across a saltmarsh and investigate the influence that other invertebrate assemblage might have on Ae. camptorhynchus egg dispersal. We demonstrate that vegetation is a strong indicator for Ae. camptorhynchus egg distribution, and this was not correlated with elevation or other invertebrates located at this saltmarsh. Also, habitats within this marsh are less frequently inundated, resulting in dryer conditions. We conclude that this information can be applied in vector surveillance and monitoring of temperate saltmarsh environments and also provides a baseline for future investigations into understanding mosquito vector habitat requirements.

Raylea Rowbottom, Scott Carver, Leon A. Barmuta, Philip Weinstein, and Geoff R. Allen "Mosquito Distribution in a Saltmarsh: Determinants of Eggs in a Variable Environment," Journal of Vector Ecology 42(1), 161-170, (1 June 2017). https://doi.org/10.1111/jvec.12251
Received: 9 December 2016; Accepted: 1 March 2017; Published: 1 June 2017
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