Studies on Armigeres subalbatus Mosquitoes in Tribal and Non-tribal Areas of Bankura District, West Bengal, India
Swapan Kumar Rudra
Mosquito and Microbiology Research Units, Parasitology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, The University of Burdwan, Burdwan-713104, West Bengal, India
Journal of Mosquito Research, 2013, Vol. 3, No. 3 doi: 10.5376/jmr.2013.03.0003
Received: 03 Jan., 2013 Accepted: 11 Jan., 2013 Published: 16 Feb., 2013
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Rudra et al., 2013, Studies on Armigeres subalbatus mosquitoes in tribal and non-tribal areas of Bankura district, West Bengal, India, Journal of Mosquito Research, Vol.3, No.3 14-20 (doi: 10.5376/jmr.2013.03.0003)
Armigeres subalbatus is known to be the vector of parasites for many human diseases like malaria, Japanese encephalitis, filariasis etc. Indoor-resting and man-landing collections were made for one year both from tribal and non-tribal areas of Bankura district, West Bengal, India. In tribal area indoor-resting collection of Ar. subalbatus in one year was only 18 (1.65% of the total catch) with man-hour density (MHD) of 0.38 and in non-tribal area the figure was 489 (14.82%) with MHD of 10.19. A total of 37 Ar. subalbatus (0.62% of total catch) with MHD of 0.06 were caught off man baits from indoor and outdoor locations in tribal area and the number was 3177 (16.71%) in non-tribal areas with MHD of 5.52. Indoor-resting and man-landing collections were highest in October in tribal area and in April in non-tribal area. The maximum number of Ar. subalbatus came in contact with man in first and fourth quadrants of both day and night. No human parasite including filarial one was detected within this mosquito throughout the year long study period (August 2009 - July 2010) in both the areas.
Armigeres subalbatus; Tribal and non-tribal; Man-hour density; Man-landing rate