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 species of elephant mosquito in the genus Toxorhynchites, found in Australia.[1]

Toxorhynchites larvae, as members of 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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