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Species Identification Table - Adult

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Aedes & Ochlerotatus

characters Ae aegypti Ae albopictus Ae vexans Oc bahamensis Oc fulvus pallens Oc infirmatus Oc sollicitans Oc taeniorhynchus Oc tormentor Oc triseriatus
PALPS dark with white tip; clypeus white dark with white tip; clypeus black dark with a few white scales on tip dark with white tip yellow with dark tip dark dark with white tip dark with white tip dark brown dark
PROBOSCIS dark dark dark dark yellow with dark tip dark dark with broad cream-colored ring at middle dark with narrow white ring at middle (sometimes absent) dark brown dark
SCUTUM dark with white lyre-shaped pattern dark with white median stripe brown with golden-brown scales brown with many lines of gold & white scales yellow with 2 large posterior black spots brown with a broad incomplete white median stripe dark with golden scales; paler scales on margins dark with golden scales; paler scales on margins dark brown with a medium stripe of white or gold scales (also on head) dark with white scales along sides
THORAX dark with patches of white scales dark with patches of white scales brown with a few patches of whitish scales brown with patches of white scales yellow with dark spot near spiracle brown with patches of white scales dark with narrow white scales dark with patches of white scales dark with patches of white scales dark with patches of white scales
WINGS dark dark dark dark yellow dark light & dark dark dark dark
ABDOMEN dark with narrow white basal bands dark with narrow white basal bands dark with white basal bands shaped like an inverted 'V' dark with narrow white basal bands yellow with dark apical patches dark with basal triangular patches of white scales dark with white basal bands and median longitudinal stripe dark with white basal bands dark with lateral triangular pale patches dark with lateral basal pale patches
HIND LEGS dark with white basal bands dark with white basal bands dark with narrow white basal bands dark with white basal bands yellow; lower tarsal segments dark dark dark with white basal bands; 1st tarsus with white ring at middle dark with white basal bands dark dark

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Anopheles

characters An crucians An quadrimaculatus An walkeri
PALPS dark with white rings dark dark with narrow white rings
OCCIPUT frontal tuft pale frontal tuft pale frontal tuft dark
WINGS light & dark scales; costa dark; wing tip white; 3 dark spots on 6th vein light & dark scales; 4 distinct darker spots dark scales, often with 4 more or less distinct dark spots
HALTER knob dark-scaled knob dark-scaled knob pale-scaled
HIND LEGS dark with pale 'knee' spots dark with pale 'knee' spots dark with pale 'knee' spots

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Culex

characters Cx biscaynensis Cx declarator Cx erraticus Cx nigripalpus Cx pilosus Cx quinquefasciatus Cx restuans Cx salinarius Cx territans
PALPS long & dark short & dark short & dark short & dark short & dark short & dark short & dark short & dark short & dark
OCCIPUT     dark with a narrow line of flat, ovate scales bordering the eye     center with light erect forked scales, dark at sides      
SCUTUM brown brown dark brown-copper dark straw copper, sometimes with 2 pale spots copper; sometimes distinctly red light brown
THORAX pale; no patches of scales dark brown spots create striped pattern; patches of white scales dark with small patches of white scales very few white scales; if present dark with few patches of white scales small patches of white scales patches of white scales patches of white scales patches of white scales
ABDOMEN dark with lateral white patches dark with lateral white patches dark, sometimes with narrow white basal bands dark with lateral white patches dark, with bronze or blue-green reflection dark with white basal bands shaped like an 'M' dark with white basal bands dark with golden basal bands; 7th segment golden dark with narrow apical bands
PROBOSCIS/ WINGS/ HIND LEGS dark dark dark dark dark dark dark dark dark

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Mansonia & Coquillettidia

characters Ma dyari Ma titillans Co perturbans
PALPS mostly dark; <1/3 length of proboscis; club-like mostly dark; about 1/2 length of proboscis; stem-like speckled
PROBOSCIS dark with narrow pale ring beyond middle dark with narrow pale ring beyond middle dark with broad pale ring at middle
WINGS light & dark scales; scales broad with cut-off tip light & dark scales; scales broad with cut-off tip light & dark scales; scales broad with rounded tip
ABDOMEN dark; margin of 7th segment without spines dark; margin of 7th segment with row of short spines dark
HIND LEGS dark with narrow white basal bands dark with narrow white basal bands dark with broad white basal bands; 1st tarsus has white ring at middle

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Psorophora

characters Ps ciliata Ps columbiae Ps ferox
PALPS dark; 1/3 length of proboscis dark with white tip dark
PROBOSCIS yellowish; dark at tip dark with wide pale ring at middle dark
SCUTUM dark with longitudinal stripe of gold scales dark with silvery-lavender tinted scales dark with golden scales
WINGS dark light & dark dark
ABDOMEN pale yellow to brown dark with apical pale patches dark with a purplish reflection
HIND LEGS dark with white basal bands; shaggy dark with white basal bands; 1st tarsus with middle band dark with a purplish reflection; white 'booties'

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Uranotaenia

characters Ur lowii Ur sapphirina
PALPS dark dark
PROBOSCIS dark; fat at tip dark; fat at tip
SCUTUM dark stripe of iridescent sapphire blue scales
THORAX pale with dark spot and a few pale blue scales pale with sapphire blue scales
ABDOMEN dark with lateral patches of iridescent scales dark
WINGS short stripe of pale blue scales on stem of 5th vein long stripe of pale blue scales on stem of 5th vein
HIND LEGS dark with pale 'knee' spots; white 'booties' dark with pale 'knee' spots

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Wyeomyia

characters Wy mitchellii Wy vanduzeei
PALPS dark dark
PROBOSCIS dark dark
ANTEPRONOTUM purple scales silver scales
HIND LEGS dark dark

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