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Seasonal and spatial distribution of Culicoides furens and C. mississippiensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) larvae near Yankeetown, Florida



Seasonal and spatial distribution of Culicoides furens and C. mississippiensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) larvae near Yankeetown, Florida



Environmental Entomology 18(5): 778-784



Seasonal and spatial distribution pattterns of Culicoides furens (Poey) and C. mississippiensis Hoffman larvae were determined during a 19-mo study of a 5-ha salt marsh located near Yankeetown, Fla. Larvae of both species were found throughout the year in substrate samples taken from all vegetation types (including Spartina and Distichlis), but their relative distributions apparently changed according to annual tidal dynamics. Maximum larval production occurred when approximately equal flood index values were recorded; i.e., 0.22 (December-April) for Spartina and 0.20 (May-September) for Distichlis. These values represent periods of least and most frequent flooding for Spartina and Distichlis, respectively. C. mississippiensis and C. furens were most abundant, respectively, in Spartina and Distichlis areas.

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DOI: 10.1093/ee/18.5.778


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