Culex vishnui

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Culex vishnui
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae
Genus: Culex
Species: Culex vishnui
Binomial name
Culex vishnui
Theobald, 1901

Culex adeloae Baisas, 1938
Culex pseudoinfula Theobald, 1911[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Culex vishnui is a mosquito belonging to the Culicidae family. It is the most common vector (carrier) of the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Sarawak.[10]

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The Culex vishnui Theobald mosquito species belongs to a sub-type that also includes two other carriers of the Japanese encephalitis virus - Culex tritaeniorhynchus Giles and Culex pseudovishnui Colless.[11] Since the females of these different species are difficult to morphologically distinguish from one another, an rDNA based diagnostic PCR is used for identification.[11]

Morphological identification of multiple JEV carrier mosquitoes including Cx. vishnui are based on identifying specific features of the legs, abdomen, palpi, wings, proboscises, and tarsi.[12] The identification of Cx. vishnui is confirmed by verifying that the "anterior surface of hindfemur with pale stripe does not contrast with dark scaled area".[10]


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  10. ^ a b Reuben, R.; Tewari, S.C.; Hiriyan, J.; Akiyama, J. (1994). "Illustrated Keys to Species of Culex (CULEX) Associated with Japanese Encephalitis in Southeast Asia (DIPTERA: CULICIDAE)" (PDF). Mosquito Systematics. 26 (2): 75–96. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. 
  11. ^ a b Toma, Takako; Miyagi, Ichiro; Crabtree, Mary B.; Miller, Barry R. (1 July 2000). "Identification of Culex vishnui Subgroup (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes from the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan: Development of a Species-Diagnostic Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay Based on Sequence Variation in Ribosomal DNA Spacers". Journal of Medical Entomology. 37 (4): 554–558. PMID 10916296. doi:10.1603/0022-2585-37.4.554. 
  12. ^ Das, Bina Pani (2012). Mosquito Vectors of Japanese Encephalitis Virus from Northern India: Role of BPD hop cage method. New Delhi, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer. ISBN 978-81-322-0860-0.