The Anophelinae of Africa South of the Sahara (Ethiopian Zoogeographical Region)

Second Edition, by M. T. Gillies, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, England, and Botha De Meillon, Project Leader, South East Asia Mosquito Project, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Publication of the South African Institute for Medical Research, No. 54. 343 pages, illustrated. The South African Institute for Medical Research, P.O. Box 1038, Johannesburg, South Africa. 1968. R 15.00

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Recent efforts to eradicate malaria in Africa have revealed that many populations of so-called vector species do not interbreed in nature. The differing responses of such genetically distinct populations to the effects of residual insecticides have alerted investigators to the extraordinarily complex taxonomy of African Anopheles. Gillies and De Meillon address themselves directly to this problem, employing a biological definition of species in their “The Anophelinae of Africa south of the Sahara.” The authors emphasize that morphologically similar populations may differ in capacity to serve as vectors and that such differences may even occur within the same locality.

After a brief introductory chapter, the book presents a series of well-designed keys. Owing to the large number of species considered, the keys are subdivided into small sections, thereby simplifying their use. There are complete keys to adult females and to mature larvae and a provisional key to pupae.

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