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Biodiversity of Culicidae Mosquitoes in District Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Biodiversity of Culicidae Mosquitoes in District Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Muhammad Shahbaz1,*, Nosheen Farooq1, Abu ul Hassan Faiz1, Arshad Javid2, Irfan Baboo3, Misbah Shoukat1 and Muhammad Aslam Khan4 

1Department f Zoology, Women University, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Bagh 
2Department of Wildlife and Ecology,University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
3Department of Zoology, Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bahwalpur
4Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Health Sciences, Lahore

*  Corresponding author: shahbazchattha_pk@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

Present study explored the biodiversity of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the district of Bagh, and at some adjoining areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, during the period May 2017 to October 2017. The specimens were identified under the binocular microscope by following the taxonomic keys of Christophers (1933), Barraud (1934) and Rueda (2004). A total of 2895 specimens of mosquitoes were collected from the study area, belonging to family Culicidae and two subfamilies, Anophilinae and Culicinae. Eleven species were identified as Anopheles barianensis (sub-familyAnophilinae), Culex barraudi, Cx. epidesmus, Cx. fuscocephala, Cx. pipirms fatigans, Cx. pipiens pipiens, Cx. pseudovishnui, Cx. vishnui, Aedes aegypti, Ae. micropterus and Armigeres subalbatus (subfamily culicinae). The most abundant species was Armigeres subalbatus.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

June

Vol. 53, Iss. 3, Pages 801-1200

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