Volume 2, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Generally similar growth curves of larvae were noted in the following experimental mosquito hosts: , and their F hybrids; and and . The host constitution apparently had an effect upon the size attained by the filaria larvae, and the larval length/width ratio varied considerably between genera and also, in and , between species, but to a lesser extent in . Thus phylogenetic affinities between mosquito species do not necessarily imply similar growth of the dog filaria within them.

Third stage larvae undergo considerable change in length especially in favorable mosquito hosts. Nevertheless, at 20 days after the mosquito's infective meal the third stage filaria larvae still are to be found both as long and short individuals. Whether this is linked with sex differentiation is not known.


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