Salud Pública de México

Composition and abundance of anopheline species according to habitat diversity in Mexico

Cuauhtémoc Villarreal-Treviño, Jana C Ríos-Delgado, R Patricia Penilla-Navarro, Américo D Rodríguez, José Higinio López, José A Nettel-Cruz, David A Moo-Llanes, Gabriel Fuentes-Maldonado

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Objective. To determine the abundance and geographic distribution of the main malaria vectors, which are influenced by habitat characteristics and ecological factors that directly impact adult density and the dynamics of malaria transmission in Mexico. Materials and methods. Samples of larvae were collected from 19 states in Mexico. Each larval habitat was characterized in situ determining the following param­eters: water depth, turbidity, percentage of vegetation cover, amount of detritus, presence of algae, light intensity, type of vegetation, amount of predators, habitat stability, altitude, and hydrologic type. Results. A total of 21 687 larvae cor­responding to 13 anopheline species were obtained from 149 aquatic habitats. The most abundant species were Anopheles pseudopunctipennis (52.91%), An. albimanus (39.14%) and An. franciscanus (5.29%). The multiple logistic regression analysis showed a negative association between An. pseudopunctipennis and water turbidity (ß=-1.342; Wald=6.122; p=0.013) and the amount of detritus (ß=-2.206; Wald=3.642; p=0.050). While in An. albimanus, there was a significant positive association with water turbidity (ß=1.344; Wald=4.256; p=0.039), a negative correlation was found with the altitude (ß=-3.445; Wald=5.407; p =0.020). The highest mosquito species diver­sity index was found in Chiapas (Fisher’s α=1.20) and the lowest diversity in Chihuahua (Fisher’s α=0.26). The great­est richness was found in streams (n=11). Conclusions. The two most abundant species were: An. albimanus and An pseudopunctipennis. Detailed knowledge of the distribution and characteristics of their larval habitats will be useful for the effective implementation of control strategies in Mexico.


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Anopheles; malaria; larval habitat; Mexico

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21149/10111

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