Our mosquito research is focused on the morphological and molecular taxonomy, phylogeny and classification of mosquitoes (Culicidae), a family of more than 3,500 species, with emphasis on mosquitoes of medical importance.
Phylogeny and classification of the mosquito tribe Culicini
We aim to produce a testable phylogeny on which the classification of Culicini can be based.
Culicini is a diverse group, including 796 species classified in four genera:
- Culex (cosmopolitan, 769 species placed in 26 subgenera)
- Deinocerites (Neotropical, 18 species)
- Galindomyia (Neotropical, 1 species)
- Lutzia (absent from the western Palaearctic and Nearctic regions, 8 species)
Results so far support the monophyly of the tribe, however the genus Culex does not appear to be monophyletic because it includes Lutzia, Deinocerites and Galindomyia. All but three of the 26 subgenera of genus Culex are monophyletic.
We are currently developing a much more comprehensive morphological and molecular study to further explain the relationships.
Mosquito Taxonomic Inventory
The Mosquito Taxonomic Inventory website provides an authoritative resource on the global diversity of the family Culicidae.
The site currently includes individual pages for taxonomic groups (family, subfamilies, all genera, many subgenera and fossil mosquitoes), a comprehensive anatomical glossary, informal classifications and an evolving bibliography.
Each page contains information on the:
- name-bearing type
- phylogenetic relationships
- bionomics and disease relations
- principal references
- included taxa
Eventually the site will include individual species pages and an index of all valid and synonymous names. Additional useful features, such as links to molecular sequence data and a gazetteer of type localities and contemporary geographic names, may also be installed. The site's data is shared with the Encyclopaedia of Life.
Visit the Mosquito Taxonomic Inventory.