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WingBank: A Wing Image Database of Mosquitoes

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Virginio, Flavia [1, 2] ; Domingues, Victor [3] ; Gomes da Silva, Leticia Cecilia [4] ; Andrade, Lucas [1] ; Braghetto, Kelly Rosa [5] ; Suesdek, Lincoln [4]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Fundacao Butantan, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Inst Butantan, Lab Colecoes Zool, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Fac Anhembi Morumbi, Ciencias Comp, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[4] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Butantan, Inst Med Trop, Lab Parasitol, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Matemat & Estat, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

Mosquito-borne diseases affect millions of people and cause thousands of deaths yearly. Vaccines have been hitherto insufficient to mitigate them, which makes mosquito control the most viable approach. But vector control depends on correct species identification and geographical assignment, and the taxonomic characters of mosquitoes are often inconspicuous to non-taxonomists, which are restricted to a life stage and/or even damaged. Thus, geometric morphometry, a low cost and precise technique that has proven to be efficient for identifying subtle morphological dissimilarities, may contribute to the resolution of these types of problems. We have been applying this technique for more than 10 years and have accumulated thousands of wing images with their metadata. Therefore, the aims of this work were to develop a prototype of a platform for the storage of biological data related to wing morphometry, by means of a relational database and a web system named ``WingBank.{''} In order to build the WingBank prototype, a multidisciplinary team performed a gathering of requirements, modeled and designed the relational database, and implemented a web platform. WingBank was designed to enforce data completeness, to ease data query, to leverage meta-studies, and to support applications of automatic identification of mosquitoes. Currently, the database of the WingBank contains data referring to 77 species belonging to 15 genera of Culicidae. From the 13,287 wing records currently cataloged in the database, 2,138 were already made available for use by third parties. As far as we know, this is the largest database of Culicidae wings of the world. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/18962-8 - Microevolution of Aedes aegypti from São Paulo City
Grantee:Caroline Louise Garcia Mendes
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
FAPESP's process: 06/05164-8 - Population characterization of Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera:Culicidae): molecular, karyotypic and morphometric aspects
Grantee:Maria Cristina Jurcovichi Peruzin
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 10/15039-1 - Molecular and morphological characterization of Aedes aegypti populations (Diptera: Culicidae) from State of São Paulo
Grantee:Paloma Oliveira Vidal
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 06/02622-5 - Populational characterization of Culicidae of medical importance: molecular, karyotypic and morphometric aspects
Grantee:Lincoln Suesdek Rocha
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 10/14479-8 - Investigation of polymorphisms of wing geometry and mitocondrial genes in Aedes scapularis.
Grantee:Vivian Aparecida Ramos Petersen
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 13/05521-9 - Characterization of macroevolutionary patterns in Culicidae (Diptera) using geometric morphometrics, genetic sequencing and mass spectrometry
Grantee:Camila Lorenz
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 07/01665-5 - Populations of Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) from the State of São Paulo: comparative analyses based on ribosomal DNA, geometric morphometry and egg micrography
Grantee:Camila Moratore
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master