Marston Bates. The Natural History of Mosquitoes

Pp. xv plus 379. Plates 16 and figures 9. Cloth. New York, The Macmillan Company. 1949. $5.00

Mark F. Boyd
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This scholarly and thought provoking review will be welcomed by all those technically concerned with mosquitoes, while others with broader or differing interests may enjoy reading its interesting pages, summarizing what is known of the behaviour of mosquitoes. The natural history of adult mosquitoes is discussed in five chapters, treating of environment, survival and dispersal, sexual behaviour, food habits, terminating with egg development and oviposition. A chapter devoted to eggs is followed by a sequence of four chapters treating of larval environment, physiology and behaviour, biological environment and classification of habitats, which is succeeded by a chapter on pupae. Their relation to other organisms preceeds other chapters presenting their roles as vectors of viruses and plasmodia. The concluding chapter discuss the species problem, classification, distribution, techniques, and the strategy of research. An appendix gives a classified synopsis of mosquito species, as well as a useful bibliography.

Although certain to be widely useful to those concerned with practical problems involving mosquitoes, the work, notwithstanding is primarily directed to students of general biology, in the hope that they will come to appreciate the potentialities of mosquitoes as experimental animals, conveniently available for the study of fundamental biological problems.