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Ecological differentiation of members of the Culex pipiens complex, potential vectors of West Nile virus and Rift Valley fever virus in Algeria

Overview of attention for article published in Parasites & Vectors, August 2016
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Title
Ecological differentiation of members of the Culex pipiens complex, potential vectors of West Nile virus and Rift Valley fever virus in Algeria
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Parasites & Vectors, August 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13071-016-1725-9
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Raouf Amara Korba, Moufida Saoucen Alayat, Lazhari Bouiba, Abdelkarim Boudrissa, Zihad Bouslama, Slimane Boukraa, Frederic Francis, Anna-Bella Failloux, Saïd Chaouki Boubidi

Abstract

We investigated the ecological differentiation of two members of the Culex pipiens complex, Cx. p. pipiens form pipiens and Cx. p. pipiens form molestus in three sites, El-Kala, M'Sila and Tinerkouk in Algeria. These two forms are the most widespread mosquito vectors in temperate regions exhibiting important behavioural and physiological differences. Nevertheless, this group of potential vectors has been poorly studied, particularly in North Africa. Ten larval populations of Cx. p. pipiens were sampled from various above- and underground habitats in three zones representing the three bioclimatic regions in Algeria. The reproduction characteristics were also investigated in the laboratory to define the rates of autogeny and stenogamy. Identification of Cx. p. pipiens members present in Algeria was achieved using a molecular analysis with the microsatellite CQ11 locus. We detected larvae of Cx. p. pipiens in all areas suggesting that the species is a ubiquitous mosquito well adapted to various environments. To our knowledge, this study provides the first molecular evidence of the presence of the Cx. p. pipiens form molestus and hybrids (molestus/pipiens) in Algeria with a high proportion of molestus form (48.3 %) in comparison with hybrids (36.8 %) and pipiens form (14.9 %). Some unexpected correlations between the proportion of forms pipiens, molestus and hybrids, and mosquito biological characteristics were observed suggesting some epigenetic effects controlling Cx. p. pipiens mating and reproduction. Consequences for pathogen transmission are discussed.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Unknown 41 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 8 19%
Student > Master 7 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 14%
Professor 3 7%
Professor > Associate Professor 3 7%
Other 7 17%
Unknown 8 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 14 33%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 5 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 12%
Environmental Science 3 7%
Immunology and Microbiology 3 7%
Other 2 5%
Unknown 10 24%

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