Physical features and chitin content of eggs from the mosquito vectors Aedes aegypti, Anopheles aquasalis and Culex quinquefasciatus: Connection with distinct levels of resistance to desiccation.

@article{Farnesi2015PhysicalFA,
  title={Physical features and chitin content of eggs from the mosquito vectors Aedes aegypti, Anopheles aquasalis and Culex quinquefasciatus: Connection with distinct levels of resistance to desiccation.},
  author={Luana Cristina Farnesi and Rubem Figueiredo Sadok Menna-Barreto and Ademir Jesus Martins and Denise Valle and Gustavo L Rezende},
  journal={Journal of insect physiology},
  year={2015},
  volume={83},
  pages={43-52}
}
Mosquito eggs are laid in water but freshly laid eggs are susceptible to dehydration, if their surroundings dry out at the first hours of development. During embryogenesis of different mosquito vectors the serosal cuticle, an extracellular matrix, is produced; it wraps the whole embryo and becomes part of the eggshell. This cuticle is an essential component of the egg resistance to desiccation (ERD). However, ERD is variable among species, sustaining egg viability for different periods of time… CONTINUE READING
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