Anopheles latens

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Anopheles latens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae
Genus: Anopheles
Species: A. latens
Binomial name
Anopheles latens
Sallum, Peyton, Wilkerson, 2005

The Anopheles latens mosquito (part of the An. leucosphyrus group)[1] is an important vector for the transmission of malaria in humans and monkeys in Southeast Asia.[2] It is an important vector for the transmission of human malaria in Sarawak; but because it is attracted to both humans and to macaques it is also responsible for the transmission of simian malarias to humans (Plasmodium knowlesi[3] and possibly P. inui[2] as well).

A. latens tends to bite from 6 p.m. throughout the night, peaking at midnight.[3] It is found in forests and at forest fringes, but tends not to enter human dwellings.[3]


  1. ^ Sallum MA, Peyton EL, Wilkerson RC (2005). "Six new species of the Anopheles leucosphyrus group, reinterpretation of An. elegans and vector implications.". Med Vet Entomol. 19 (2): 158–99. doi:10.1111/j.0269-283X.2005.00551.x. PMID 15958025. 
  2. ^ a b Wharton, R.H.; Eyles, DE; Warren, M; Moorhouse, DE (1962). "Anopheles leucosphyrus identified as a vector of monkey malaria in Malaya". Science. 137 (3532): 758. doi:10.1126/science.137.3532.758. PMID 14006429. 
  3. ^ a b c Vythilingam I, Tan CH, Asmad M, Chan ST, Lee KS, Singh B (2006). "Natural transmission of Plasmodium knowlesi to humans by Anopheles latens in Sarawak, Malaysia". Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 100 (11): 1087–88. doi:10.1016/j.trstmh.2006.02.006. PMID 16725166.