Culicoides imicola

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Culicoides imicola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Ceratopogonidae
Subfamily: Ceratopogoninae
Tribe: Culicoidini
Genus: Culicoides
Subgenus: Avaritia
Species: C. imicola
Binomial name
Culicoides (Avaritia) imicola
Kieffer, 1913
  • Ceratopogon pallidipennis Carter, Ingram & Macfie, 1920
  • C. iraquensis Khalaf, 1957
  • C. pallidipennis Carter, Ingram & Macfie, 1920

Culicoides imicola is a biting midge which transmits the bluetongue virus and the African horse sickness virus.[1] This particular species has been recorded so far in Africa, Asia and Europe.[2] Other suspected BTV vectors are Culicoides (Culicoides) pulicaris and species in the Culicoides (Avaritia) obsoletus complex.