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Geographic distribution, evolution, and disease importance of species within the Neotropical Anopheles albitarsis Group (Diptera, Culicidae)

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Foley, Desmond H. [1] ; Linton, Yvonne-Marie [1] ; Freddy Ruiz-Lopez, J. [2, 3] ; Conn, Jan E. [4, 5] ; Sallum, Maria Anice M. [6] ; Povoa, Marinete M. [7] ; Bergo, Eduardo S. [8] ; Oliveira, Tatiane M. P. [6] ; Sucupira, Izis [7] ; Wilkerson, Richard C. [1]
Total Authors: 10
[1] Walter Reed Army Inst Res, Div Entomol, Silver Spring, MD 20910 - USA
[2] Museum Support Ctr, Smithsonian Inst, Walter Reed Biosystemat Unit, Suitland, MD 20746 - USA
[3] Univ Antioquia, PECET, Medellin - Colombia
[4] SUNY Albany, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Biomed Sci, Albany, NY 12222 - USA
[5] New York State Dept Hlth, Wadsworth Ctr, Albany, NY 12159 - USA
[6] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Saude Publ, Dept Epidemiol, BR-05508 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[7] Inst Evandro Chagas, Ananindeua, Para - Brazil
[8] Superintendencia Controle Endemias Estado Sao Paul, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 8
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF VECTOR ECOLOGY; v. 39, n. 1, p. 168-181, JUN 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 9

The Anopheles albitarsis group of mosquitoes comprises eight recognized species and one mitochondrial lineage. Our knowledge of malaria vectorial importance and the distribution and evolution of these taxa is incomplete. We constructed ecological niche models (ENMs) for these taxa and used hypothesized phylogenetic relationships and ENMs to investigate environmental and ecological divergence associated with speciation events. Two major clades were identified, one north (Clade 1) and one south (Clade 2) of the Amazon River that likely is or was a barrier to mosquito movement. Clade 1 species occur more often in higher average temperature locations than Clade 2 species, and taxon splits within Clade 1 corresponded with a greater divergence of variables related to precipitation than was the case within Clade 2. Comparison of the ecological profiles of sympatric species and sister species support the idea that phylogenetic proximity is related to ecological similarity. Anopheles albitarsis I, An. janconnae, and An. marajoara ENMs had the highest percentage of their predicted suitable habitat overlapping distribution models of Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax, and warrant additional studies of the transmission potential of these species. Phylogenetic proximity may be related to malaria vectorial importance within the Albitarsis Group. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/20397-7 - Morphological and molecular taxonomy and phylogeny of Nyssorhynchus subgenus of Anopheles (Diptera: Culicidae), with special emphasis on Anopheles darlingi from Mata Atlântica
Grantee:Maria Anice Mureb Sallum
Support type: Regular Research Grants