Toxorhynchites speciosus

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Toxorhynchites speciosus
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Toxorhynchites speciosus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae
Genus: Toxorhynchites
T. speciosus
Binomial name
Toxorhynchites speciosus
(Skuse, 1889)

Toxorhynchites speciosus is a mosquito species in the genus Toxorhynchites found in Australia.[1]

Toxorhynchites larvae, a mosquito genus that does not suck blood, feed upon other mosquito larvae and are often found with tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) larvae. Together with Mesocyclops aspericornis, T. speciosus forms a compatible predator pair for reduction of larval Aedes notoscriptus and Culex quinquefasciatus populations in tire habitats in Queensland.[2]


  1. ^ Skuse, F. A. A. 1889. Diptera of Australia. Part V.- The Culicidae. Proceedings of the Linnean Society, New South Wales. 3: 1717-1764
  2. ^ Evaluation of Mesocyclops aspericornis (Cyclopoida:Cyclopidae) and Toxorhynchites speciosus as integrated predators of mosquitoes in tire habitats in Queensland. Brown MD, Hendrikz JK, Greenwood JG and Kay BH, J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 1996 Sep;12(3 Pt 1), pages 414-420, PMID 8887220

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