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Review of the Minimus complex of Anopheles, main malaria vector in Southeast Asia: from taxonomic issues to vector control strategies

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Show simple item record Garros, C. en_US Van Bortel, W. en_US Trung, H. D. en_US Coosemans, M. en_US Manguin, S. en_US 2007-12-06T14:33:32Z 2007-12-06T14:33:32Z 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1360-2276 en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-P2A en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-P4A en_US
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dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: The Minimus Complex of Anopheles subgenus Cellia is composed of two sibling species, A and C, on the Southeast Asian mainland, and a third allopatric species E that occurs in the Ryukyu Archipelago (Japan), a malaria-free region. Anopheles minimus s.l. is considered to be one of the main malaria vector in the hilly forested regions of Southeast Asia. Despite a large number of studies over its range of distribution, it is difficult to have a global view of the ecological and bionomical characteristics of the individual species as different identification methods were used, generally without specific identification of the sibling species. OBJECTIVES: (1) To review the main malaria studies on An. minimus s.l.; (2) to discuss recently published data on the biology and ecology of each sibling species; and (3) to identify gaps in our understanding of the Minimus Complex. REVIEW RESULTS: Major biological and ecological trends are addressed, such as the high plasticity of trophic behaviour and the sympatry of species A and C over the Southeast Asian mainland. Despite the availability of rapid molecular identification methods, we still lack important information concerning the biological characteristics of each sibling species. These gaps must be filled in the future because An. minimus species A and C may exhibit different abilities to transmit malaria. CONCLUSION: We expect that entomological surveys will employ molecular methods to clearly identify these two species, and thus elucidate the biological characteristics of each species. As a consequence, current vector control strategies will be improved by targeting the most efficient vectors. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing
dc.subject Entomology en_US
dc.subject Mosquitoes en_US
dc.subject Anopheles minimus en_US
dc.subject Taxonomy en_US
dc.subject Species en_US
dc.subject Geographical distribution en_US
dc.subject Biology en_US
dc.subject Ecology en_US
dc.subject Protozoal diseases en_US
dc.subject Malaria en_US
dc.subject Vector control en_US
dc.subject Review of the literature en_US
dc.title Review of the Minimus complex of Anopheles, main malaria vector in Southeast Asia: from taxonomic issues to vector control strategies en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.citation.issue 1 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Tropical Medicine and International Health en_US
dc.citation.volume 11 en_US
dc.citation.pages 102-114 en_US Oxford
dc.citation.jabbreviation Trop Med Int Health en_US

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