Journal article

Stream-bank shade and larval distribution of the Philippine malaria vector Anopheles flavirostris

DH Foley, EP Torres, I Mueller

Medical and Veterinary Entomology | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

The principal malaria vector in the Philippines, Anopheles flavirostris (Ludlow) (Diptera: Culicidae), is regarded as 'shade-loving' for its breeding sites, i.e. larval habitats. This long-standing belief, based on circumstantial observations rather than ecological analysis, has guided larval control methods such as 'stream-clearing' or the removal of riparian vegetation, to reduce the local abundance of An. flavirostris. We measured the distribution and abundance of An. flavirostris larvae in relation to canopy vegetation cover along a stream in Quezon Province, the Philippines. Estimates of canopy openness and light measurements were obtained by an approximation method that used simplified..

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