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Geometric morphometrics for the taxonomy of 11 species of Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) mosquitoes.
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PMID:  25393150     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The subgenus Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) (Diptera: Culicidae) includes the primary vectors of Plasmodium spp. in Colombia. Most adult females of this subgenus are difficult to identify in the field using the available keys. With the objective of further investigating the discriminatory power of modern morphometrics, both landmark-based and outline-based approaches were explored using the wing venation geometry of 11 Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) species. Wing shape was able to separate the closest species of the subgenus. When the 11 species were analysed together, validated classification scores on average 5.3-8.6 times higher than those expected by chance were observed. These scores computed from the total sample of 11 species were not satisfactory for the recognition of Anopheles benarrochi B, Anopheles oswaldoi s.l. and Anopheles strodei. These sibling species were captured in sympatry. To improve the identification power of the morphometric tool, it was necessary to analyse these species separately from the remaining species. The best classification scores were obtained using a combination of 12 landmarks collected not only on the intersections of wing veins, but also on spots. An outline approach also gave excellent reclassification scores. Another pair of sibling species, collected in allopatry, Anopheles nuneztovari and Anopheles rangeli, also showed high classification scores.
N Jaramillo-O; J-P Dujardin; D Calle-Londoño; I Fonseca-González
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-11-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical and veterinary entomology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2915     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Vet. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2014 Nov 
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Created Date:  2014-11-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708682     Medline TA:  Med Vet Entomol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 The Royal Entomological Society.
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