Volume 70, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Mosquitoes in the complex of species, known as vectors of periodic filariasis and deadly encephalitides, have recently emerged as important vectors of West Nile virus in the United States. Highly conserved morphology but marked differences in potential vectorial capacity require the development of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based tests that unambiguously distinguish among the different species. We introduce and describe a series of PCR-based assays that use polymorphisms in the second intron of the acetylcholinesterase-2 () locus for the identification of members of the complex (), two other species that are commonly mislabeled as ( and ), as well as hybrids between and .


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  • Received : 29 Oct 2003
  • Accepted : 15 Dec 2003

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