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Survival and predatory efficiency of gambusia affinis for control of mosquitoes in underground drains



Survival and predatory efficiency of gambusia affinis for control of mosquitoes in underground drains



Mosquito News 43(3): 318-321



Mosquitofish, G. affinis, survived in an impounded water area within an underground storm drain system in Fresno, [California, USA], through a 14-wk period during the summer of 1982. The number and relative condition (K-factor) of the stocked fish slowly declined with the depletion of the food supply, as determined by fish gut content analysis, at the 10th wk after introduction. The mosquitofish were effective in reducing the number of adult Culex quinquefasciatus produced in the drain system. Reduction of 75, 89 and 94% below those of an untreated control area were obtained after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd mo. respectively. While female mosquitofish (gravid before introduction) produced offspring, no mating of fish within the drain was found.

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