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Species Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse, 1894)





Extra Distribution Information

This species had not been found in Australia since 1958 according to Lee, D.J., Hicks, M.M., Griffiths, M., Debenham, M.L., Bryan, J.H., Russell, R.C., Geary, M. & Marks, E.N. 1987. The Culicidae of the Australasian Region. Nomenclature, synonymy, literature, distribution, biology and relation to disease. Genus Aedes. Subgenera II. Scutomyia, Stegomyia, Verrallina. Commonwealth Department of Health, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Monograph Series. Entomology Monograph No. 2. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 4 324 pp. [86]. However, now reported to be "widely spread throughout the Torres Strait islands north of Queensland and repeatedly detected at ports" (Williams 2012), and "…invasion and colonisation of mainland Australia is considered highly likely".

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Qld: Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Wet Tropics (WT)

Other Regions

Torres Strait Islands terrestrial, marine & freshwater

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: volant.

Larva: aquatic.

Extra Ecological Information

Adult female primarily day-biting and attacks humans and mammals; adults caught in light traps; vector of Dengue fever and Ross River arboviruses; suspect vector of Japanese encephalitis; susceptible to Chikungunya virus and Dirofilaria immitis (canine heartworm); larva found in tree holes, bamboo, coconuts, fallen palm fronds, rock holes, artificial containers and leaf axils of different plants; for extensive biological information Lee, D.J. et al., 1987 [86].


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
21-Sep-2016 AEDINI 22-Jun-2016 MODIFIED
19-Apr-2012 19-Apr-2012 MOVED
20-Apr-2012 06-Dec-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)