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Distribution of mosquitoes in the South East of Argentina and first report on the analysis based on 18S rDNA and COI sequences

Díaz-Nieto, L. M., Maciá, A., Parisi, G., Farina, J. L., Vidal-Domínguez, M. E., Perotti, M. A. and Beron, C. M. (2013) Distribution of mosquitoes in the South East of Argentina and first report on the analysis based on 18S rDNA and COI sequences. PLoS ONE, 8 (9). e75516. ISSN 1932-6203

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075516

Abstract/Summary

Although Mar del Plata is the most important city on the Atlantic coast of Argentina, mosquitoes inhabiting such area are almost uncharacterized. To increase our knowledge in their distribution, we sampled specimens of natural populations. After the morphological identification based on taxonomic keys, sequences of DNA from small ribosomal subunit (18S rDNA) and cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) genes were obtained from native species and the phylogenetic analysis of these sequences were done. Fourteen species from the genera Uranotaenia, Culex, Ochlerotatus and Psorophora were found and identified. Our 18S rDNA and COI-based analysis indicates the relationships among groups at the supra-species level in concordance with mosquito taxonomy. The introduction and spread of vectors and diseases carried by them are not known in Mar del Plata, but some of the species found in this study were reported as pathogen vectors.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
ID Code:34455
Publisher:Public Library of Science

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