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anopheles leesoni

Member species of the Anopheles gambiae complex can be misidentified as Anopheles leesoni

February 25, 2020 - 16:02 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Yael Dahan-Moss, Allison Hendershot, Minishca Dhoogra, Henry Julius, Jacek Zawada, Maria Kaiser, Neil F. Lobo, Basil D. Brooke and Lizette L. Koekemoer
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:89, 24 February 2020

Accurate Anopheles species identification is key for effective malaria vector control. Identification primarily depends on morphological analysis of field samples as well as molecular species-specific identifications. During an intra-laboratory assessment (proficiency testing) of the Anopheles funestus group multiplex PCR assay, it was noted that Anopheles arabiensis can be misidentified as Anopheles leesoni, a zoophilic member of the An. funestus group. The aim of this project was, therefore, to ascertain whether other members of the Anopheles gambiae complex can also be misidentified as An. leesoni when using the standard An. funestus multiplex PCR.

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