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Pathogenicity of the Fungus Entomophthora culicis for Adult Mosquitoes: Anopheles stephensi and Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus

John Paul Kramer
Journal of the New York Entomological Society
Vol. 91, No. 2 (Jun., 1983), pp. 177-182
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25009353
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Pathogenicity of the Fungus Entomophthora culicis for Adult Mosquitoes: Anopheles stephensi and Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus
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Abstract

The pathogenicity of Entomophthora culicis for the mosquitoes Anopheles stephensi and Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus was determined by exposing healthy adults to conidial showers from cadavers of naturally infected Chironomus decorus and from cultures grown in vitro. While 100 percent of the A. stephensi succumbed to infection, only 20 percent of the C. pipiens quinquefasciatus did so. Explanations for these differences are suggested. Some morphological characteristics of the E. culicis used in this study are presented.

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