Selection of biting sites on a human host by Anopheles gambiae s.s., An. arabiensis and An. quadriannulatus

  title={Selection of biting sites on a human host by Anopheles gambiae s.s., An. arabiensis and An. quadriannulatus},
  author={Teun Dekker and Willem Takken and Bart G. J. Knols and Edwin A. P. Bouman and Stephan Laak and Arjan Bever and P. W. T. Huisman},
  journal={Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata},
The selection of biting sites on a human host of three closely related mosquito species belonging to the African Anopheles gambiae complex (Diptera: Culicidae), Anopheles gambiae Giles s.s., An. arabiensis Patton and An. quadriannulatus Theobald, was investigated under controlled laboratory conditions. Although these species differ in host preference, they all showed a significant preference to bite the legs and feet, suggesting that a mutual not specifically human factor was involved in the… 

Zoophilic and anthropophilic behaviour in the Anopheles gambiae complex

Investigation of the host preferences of the two most behaviourally diverse members of the Anopheles gambiae complex to attempt to modify the anthropophilic host preference of An.

Biting behaviour of African malaria vectors: 1. where do the main vector species bite on the human body?

Protecting the lower limbs of people outdoors at night can achieve a major reduction in biting intensity by malaria vector mosquitoes, and the opportunity exists for the development of inexpensive repellent-impregnated anklets and/or sandals to discourage vectors feeding on the lower legs under outdoor conditions at night.

Evaluation of Methods for Sampling the Malaria Vector Anopheles darlingi (Diptera, Culicidae) in Suriname and the Relation with Its Biting Behavior

It is concluded that odor-baited sampling systems can reliably collect An.

Host-seeking activity of a Tanzanian population of Anopheles arabiensis at an insecticide treated bed net

The results validate the findings of earlier laboratory studies on mosquito activity at LLINs, and reinforce the key role of multiple brief contacts at the net roof as the critical LLIN mode of action.

Clustering of host-seeking activity of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes at the top surface of a human-baited bed net

Host-seeking female Anopheles gambiae activity occurs predominantly within a limited area of the top surface of bed nets, providing support for the two-in-one bed net design for managing pyrethroid-resistant vector populations.

Variation in host preferences of malaria mosquitoes is mediated by skin bacterial volatiles

Skin bacterial volatiles may play important roles in guiding mosquitoes with different host preferences and can contribute to the development of an odour blend that attracts mosquitoes withDifferent host preferences.

Attractiveness of volatiles from different body parts to the malaria mosquito Anopheles coluzzii is affected by deodorant compounds

It is concluded that the volatiles emanated from different body parts induced comparable levels of attraction in mosquitoes and that skincare products may reduce a person’s attractiveness to mosquitoes.

Semiochemical signatures associated with differential attraction of Anopheles gambiae to human feet

Background Several human-produced volatiles have been reported to mediate the host-seeking process under laboratory conditions, yet no effective lure or repellent has been developed for field

The fitness of African malaria vectors in the presence and limitation of host behaviour

Allowing hosts to move freely during exposure to mosquitoes was associated with moderate reductions in mosquito feeding success, but no detrimental impact to the subsequent fitness of mosquitoes that were able to feed upon them, suggesting that physical defensive behaviours exhibited by common host species including humans do not impose substantial fitness costs on African malaria vectors.

The response of Anopheles gambiae s.l. and A. funestus (Diptera: Culicidae) to tents baited with human odour or carbon dioxide in Tanzania.

It is concluded that in the indoor situation described, human odour other than carbon dioxide is the principal cue to which these malaria vectors are attracted and that the physical presence of a host and carbon dioxide, when used as a kairomone on its own, accounts for only a minor part of the overall attractiveness of man.

Odour - mediated host - seeking behaviour of the Afro-tropical malaria vector Anopheles gambiae Giles

Since biting no longer correlated in the same way with skin temperature and eccrine sweat gland density, initial preferences for biting specific regions on a normal host could thus be attributed to the influence of host odour.

Differential responses of mosquito sibling species Anopheles arabiensis and An. quadriannulatusto carbon dioxide, a man or a calf

Catches of other mosquito species showed consistent differences between all treatments which appear to be associated with differences in host‐preference, suggesting that the importance of CO2 in host-seeking behaviour of mosquitoes increases with the degree of zoophily.

Olfactory responses of host-seeking Anopheles gambiae s.s. Giles (Diptera: Culicidae).

Biting pattern and host-seeking behavior of Anopheles arabiensis (Diptera: Culicidae) in northeastern South Africa.

Biting rhythm as well as vertical and horizontal distribution of host-seeking Anopheles arabiensis Patton was studied at a remote warm-water spring in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, which

Observations on the Biting-habits of African Mosquitos in the Genus Eretmapodites Theobald

It is shown that in Bwamba the first hour of biting-activity tends to be the most intense whereas in Entebbe the hour before sunset is almost always preferred, and it is concluded that some environmental influence must be involved.

Influence of human breath on selection of biting sites by Anopheles albimanus.

The perception of exhaled breath guided the mosquitoes towards the head region, and was associated with a preference for biting this part of the body, and subsequent removal of breath resulted in a strong reduction of the number of bites on the head.

Anopheles gambiae complex and disease transmission in Africa.

  • G. White
  • Biology
    Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • 1974

Selection of biting sites by mosquitoes.

The choice of biting sites can be influenced by host-related cues of varying specificity and can in some cases reflect the host range of the mosquito species.

Behavioural and electrophysiological responses of the female malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae (Diptera: Culicidae) to Limburger cheese volatiles.

The electrophysiological and behavioural responses obtained with fatty acids isolated from Limburger cheese suggests that together they could act as a kairomone for female Anopheles gambiae, and the implications of this are discussed.