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Fauna of Culicidae in rural areas of Porto Velho and the first record of Mansonia (Mansonia) flaveola (Coquillet, 1906), for the state of Rondônia, Brazil

Renata Antonaci GamaI; Ivoneide Maria da SilvaII; Hamilton Antônio de Oliveira MonteiroIII; Álvaro Eduardo EirasIV

ILaboratório de Insetos e Vetores, Centro de Biociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN IILaboratório de Parasitologia Médica, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, PA IIISeção de Arbovirologia e Febres Hemorrágicas, Instituto Evandro Chagas, Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde, Ministério da Saúde, Ananindeua, PA IVLaboratório de Ecologia Química de Insetos Vetores, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG

DOI: 10.1590/S0037-86822012000100025


INTRODUCTION: Knowledge concerning the fauna of Culicidae in the Brazilian Amazon States contributes to current understanding of the bionomics of the insects collected and makes it possible to observe changes in the fauna over time.
METHODS: The Culicidae were captured with a BG-Sentinel® trap in extra-domiciliary area of two rural regions of Porto Velho in June and July of 2007 and 2008.
RESULTS: A total of 10,695 Culicidae was collected, belonging to nine genera: CoquillettidiaCulexMansoniaPsorophoraAedesAedeomyiaAnophelesUranotaenia and Wyeomyia.
CONCLUSIONS: The presence of Mansonia (Mansonia) flaveola was recorded in the State of Rondônia for the first time.

Keywords: Culicidae. Mansonia flaveola. BG-Sentinel trap®. Anopheles.


INTRODUÇÃO: O conhecimento da fauna de culicídeos em estados da Amazônia Brasileira auxilia no conhecimento da bionomia dos insetos obtidos, além de possibilitar a observação de modificações da fauna ao decorrer do tempo.
MÉTODOS: As capturas dos culicídeos foram realizadas em área extradomiciliar de duas zonas rurais de Porto Velho, durante junho e julho, nos anos de 2007 e 2008, com a armadilha BG-Sentinel®.
RESULTADOs: Foram coletados 10.695 culicídeos, distribuídos em nove gêneros: CoquillettidiaCulexMansoniaPsorophoraAedesAedeomyiaAnophelesUranotaenia e Wyeomyia.
CONCLUSÕES: Foi registrada pela primeira vez no estado a presença de Mansonia (Mansonia) flaveola.

Palavras-chaves: Culicinae. Mansonia flaveola. BG-Sentinel trap®. Anopheles.



The Amazon is the biome with the greatest entomological diversity in Brazil and the study of its fauna is very relevant. The entomofauna of the State of Rondônia is poorly documented, particularly with respect to the Culicinae population. Culicidae studies conducted in Rondônia include those by Xavier & Mattos1 in Guajará Mirim and Porto Velho, Klein et al2 in Costa Marques, Luz & Lourenço de Oliveira3 in Candeias do Jamari and Cruz et al4 in Porto Velho. The aim of this study was to contribute to the knowledge concerning the fauna of Culicidae in rural areas of Porto Velho, State of Rondônia.

The collections were made in two locations of Porto Velho, Mato Grosso (8º 44’09 40″S, 63º56’07 40″W) and São João (8º 49’55 09″S, 63º56’15 15″W). The first collection point was on BR 364 near kilometre 9.5, and the second on BR 319 at kilometre 1 after Rio Madeira, in the direction of Humaitá, State of Amazonas. The collections in Mato Grosso were made during the months of June and July 2007 and in São João, in the same months in 2008. The two locations were within large forested areas, near water bodies. The approximate distance between the two areas was 9km.

The samples were collected in extra-domiciliary environments, 15m from the residence, over a period of 2h (6pm to 8pm) using BG-Sentinel® traps5. Dry ice was used as a CO2 source. The samples were identified using dichotomous keys6,7. Mosquito species diversity in Mato Grosso and São João was evaluated by using the Shannon diversity index (H’).

Voucher specimens were deposited in the entomology laboratory of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and in the Department of Arbovirology of the Evandro Chagas Institute.

In the two selected locations 10,695 Culicidae were collected; only 1.5% of the specimens were male. Out of the nine collected genera (CoquillettidiaCulexMansoniaPsorophoraAedesAedeomyiaAnophelesUranotaenia and Wyeomyia), 15 species were identified (Table 1), of which Coquillettidia and Anopheles had the highest occurrence, 44.9 and 20.7%, respectively.

The least represented genus was Uranotaenia, with only two collected specimens, one from each year (Table 1). On average, 77.5 Culicidae were collected per hour. Only 130 specimens could not be identified at least by genus due to poor specimen conditions. The genera and species collected in the two locations were similar, although the genus Wyeomyia was only captured in São João and the Shannon diversity indices were different: São João was H’ 0.8847 and Mato Grosso was H’0.5560.

The genera with the highest number of species were Mansonia and Anopheles.

During studies on human bait in rural areas in Porto Velho, Cruz et al4 collected a total of 3,121 mosquitoes from eight different genera and the most common genera were Mansonia (47.9%), Anopheles (27.6%), Coquillettidia (12.4%), Culex (8.4%) and Psorophora (3.5%). Luz & Lourenço de Oliveira3 collected a total of 3,769 mosquitoes in Candeias do Jamari (RO), on human bait. Of the nine collected genera, 21 species were identified and the members of the genus Aedes were the most common Culicidae.

In the present study, 15 mosquito species were collected in Porto Velho, 9 of which have been incriminated in disease transmission to humans, mostly arboviroses and malaria. Some species were found naturally infected with arbovirus: Aedeomyia squamipenis (Gamboa), Anopheles triannulatus (Arumateua, Caraipe, Tacaiuma), Aedes serratus (Aura, Caraparu, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, Guama, Ilheus, Mirim, Mucambo, Oriboca, Oropouche, Una), Coquillettidia venezuelensis (Bussuquara, Catu, Guama, Itaporanga, Moju, Mucambo, Oriboca, Oropouche), Culex quinquefasciatus (West Nile Virus, Oropouche, St. Louis encephalitis virus) and Psorophora albipes (Yellow fever virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, Guama, Ilheus, Kairi, Mayaro, Una)8,9.

Among the 2,213 anophelines, four different species were identified: Anopheles darlingi (65%) was present in Mato Grosso and São João, while A. triannulatusA. benarrochi and Anopheles oswaldoitogether comprised 0.3%. Three of the anopheline species collected are important in the transmission of malaria: A. darlingi is considered to be one of the most efficient malaria vectors in the Neotropical region10A. triannulatus was found naturally infected with Plasmodium, including in Rondônia11 and A. oswaldoi has been confirmed as a malaria vector in Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela10.

In a study realized in four rural areas in Porto Velho (Mato Grosso, Nova Esperança, São João and Candeias do Jamari) on human bait, Gama12 collected a total of 985 anophelines. Among these 972 were A. darlingi. The others species were: Anopheles mediopunctatus/costai/forattini (2), A. triannulatus (7), A. benarrochi (1), Anopheles nuneztovari (1) and Anopheles braziliensis (2).

Eighty percent of the territory of the State of Rondônia is covered by the Amazon forest. Of the studies of its Culicidae fauna, the majority involve the subfamily Anophelinae due to the high transmission of malaria in the state. Few projects have investigated local Culicinae and most used traps to capture the mosquitoes, which damages the specimens, as occurred in this project.

Compared to previous studies performed in the State of Rondônia, only the genera OrthopodomyiaSabethesTrichoprosopom1,3Limatus and Rhunchomyia1 were not identified in this study.

With the exception of the species M. (M.) flaveola, all of the genera and species presently collected in Mato Grosso and São João had already been reported in the State of Rondônia. Mansonia (Mansonia) flaveola was first described in 1906 by Coquillett as Taeniorhynchus flaveolus, and renamed in 1970 by Belkin, Heinemam & Page 1970. It is found in North America (though only in Florida in the US), Central America (the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama) and South America (Suriname, French Guyana, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil, specifically Amazonas, São Paulo and Paraná)13Mansonia (Mansonia) flaveola is easy to identify due to its characteristic maxillary palpus (about half as long as the proboscis) and yellow-coloured scutum. The biology of M. flaveola is similar to that of other species of the genus, presenting nocturnal behaviour, voracious and aggressive females and activity peak at dusk.

The scarce literature on Culicinae in the State of Rondônia and the fact that some of the species identified in this study are considered significant etiological vectors justifies similar studies in other areas of the state, especially using techniques that better preserve specimens and permit the collection of male specimens to study their genitalia. Although the study was conducted in the dry season (only two months in each location) and some specimens could not be identified at least by genus due to poor specimen conditions, the results demonstrate that the BG-Sentinel trap® is an efficient sampling method for the adult female Culicidae.



The authors would like to thank LACEN Rondônia employees for logistical support and Biogents for supplying the BG-Sentinel traps®.



The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.



This work was supported to the Ministry of Health and Pan American Health Organization-OPAS, CNPq and CAPES (scholarships).



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Received in 29/06/2010
Accepted in 14/01/2011