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Seeing is believing: the nocturnal malarial mosquito Anopheles coluzzii responds to visual host-cues when odour indicates a host is nearby

Overview of attention for article published in Parasites & Vectors, June 2016
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Seeing is believing: the nocturnal malarial mosquito Anopheles coluzzii responds to visual host-cues when odour indicates a host is nearby
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Parasites & Vectors, June 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13071-016-1609-z
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Frances Hawkes, Gabriella Gibson


The immediate aim of our study was to analyse the behaviour of the malarial mosquito Anopheles coluzzii (An. gambiae species complex) near a human host with the ultimate aim of contributing to our fundamental understanding of mosquito host-seeking behaviour and the overall aim of identifying behaviours that could be exploited to enhance sampling and control strategies. Based on 3D video recordings of individual host-seeking females in a laboratory wind-tunnel, we found that despite being a nocturnal species, An. coluzzii is highly responsive to a visually conspicuous object, but only in the presence of host-odour. Female mosquitoes approached and abruptly veered away from a dark object, which suggests attraction to visual cues plays a role in bringing mosquitoes to the source of host odour. It is worth noting that the majority of our recorded flight tracks consisted of highly stereotyped 'dipping' sequences near the ground, which have been mentioned in the literature, but never before quantified. Our quantitative analysis of female mosquito flight patterns within ~1.5 m of a host has revealed highly relevant information about responsiveness to visual objects and flight height that could revolutionise the efficacy of sampling traps; the capturing device of a trap should be visually conspicuous and positioned near the ground where the density of host-seeking mosquitoes would be greatest. These characteristics are not universally present in current traps for malarial mosquitoes. The characterisation of a new type of flight pattern that is prevalent in mosquitoes suggests that there is still much that is not fully understood about mosquito flight behaviour.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 79 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 24%
Researcher 18 23%
Student > Master 14 18%
Student > Bachelor 10 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 5%
Other 7 9%
Unknown 7 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 46 58%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 8%
Engineering 4 5%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 3 4%
Neuroscience 3 4%
Other 10 13%
Unknown 7 9%

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