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Mosquitoes of the Maculipennis complex in Northern Italy

March 23, 2021 - 14:32 -- Open Access
Calzolari M, Desiato R, Montarsi F, et al.
Sci Rep. 2021 Mar 19;11(1):6421

The correct identification of mosquito vectors is often hampered by the presence of morphologically indiscernible sibling species. The Maculipennis complex is one of these groups that include both malaria vectors of primary importance and species of low/negligible epidemiological relevance, of which distribution data in Italy are outdated. Our study was aimed at providing an updated distribution of Maculipennis complex in Northern Italy through the sampling and morphological/molecular identification of specimens from five regions.

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