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Dye another day: the predatory impact of cyclopoid copepods on larval mosquito Culex pipiens is unaffected by dyed environments

Cuthbert, R., Callaghan, A. and Dick, J. T. A. (2018) Dye another day: the predatory impact of cyclopoid copepods on larval mosquito Culex pipiens is unaffected by dyed environments. Journal of Vector Ecology, 43 (2). pp. 334-336. ISSN 1081-1710

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/jvec.12318

Abstract/Summary

Culex mosquitoes are especially evasive of predators when ovipositing. Black pond dyes are known to profoundly attract their oviposition and this study looked at the combination of predator presence and pond dye. Our results indicate that predatory impacts of cyclopoid copepods are unaffected by the presence of pond dye. Their use in synergy with dye may facilitate population sinks characterized by high rates of oviposition coupled with high predation rates. This may increase the vulnerability of mosquitoes to predation at the landscape level and is pertinent given that oviposition site selectivity is currently the greatest hindrance to effective larval mosquito control.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
ID Code:76745
Publisher:Society for Vector Ecology

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