Aedes polynesiensis

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Polynesian tiger mosquito
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae
Genus: Aedes
Subgenus: Stegomyia
Species: A. polynesiensis
Binomial name
Aedes polynesiensis
Marks, 1951

Aedes polynesiensis (also known as the Polynesian tiger mosquito) is only found in the South Pacific on the islands of Austral Islands, Cook Islands, Ellice Islands, Fiji Islands, Hoorn Islands, Marquesas Islands, Pitcairn Island, Samoa Islands, Society Islands, Tokelau Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago.[1][2] It is a vector of dengue, Ross River virus[3], and lymphatic filariasis,[1] and a probable vector of Zika virus.[4] Adults lay eggs in natural and human-associated pools of freshwater. Common larval habitats include tree holes, holes in volcanic rock formations, coconut shells, water storage containers (drums), and discarded trash (including tires and bottles).[5][6]


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  2. ^ "Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit: Aedes polynesiensis". Archived from the original on 2010-06-24. 
  3. ^ Rosen, Leon, Duane J. Gubler and Peter H. Bennett. 1981. "Epidemic polyarthritis (Ross River) virus infection in the Cook Islands" Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 30(6): 1294-1302
  4. ^ European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 2014. Rapid risk assessment: Zika virus infection outbreak, French Polynesia. Stockholm: ECDC,, 14 February 2014.
  5. ^ Samarawickrema, W.A., Fola Sone, E. Kimura, L.S. Self, R.F. Cummings and G.S. Paulson. 1993. "The relative importance and distribution of Aedes polynesiensis and Ae. aegypti larval habitats in Samoa. Med. and Vet. Entom. 7: 27-36"
  6. ^ Bonnet, David B. and Herald Chapman. 1958. "The larval habitats of Aedes polynesiensis Marks in Tahiti and methods of control." Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 7(5): 512-518