Opifex

Name-bearing Type

  • Hutton
  • 1902:188
  • Type Species: Opifex fuscus

Distribution

SpeciesMap

Opifex (Opi.) fuscus, the type species, is found only in New Zealand, and Op. (Nothoskusea) chathamicus occurs on Chatham Island.

Phylogeny

Not yet available.

Bionomics

Not yet available.

Medical Importance

Not yet available.

Culicidae » Culicinae » Aedini
habitus image

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Representative species shown here: Opifex fuscus

Important References

  • Belkin, 1962 (taxonomy)
  • Belkin, 1968 (New Zealand)
  • Lee et al., 1984, 1988c (Nothoskusea and Opifex, respectively)
  • Reinert et al., 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 (phylogeny, classification)

Included Taxa

For more on taxa, see WRBU's Mosquito Catalog

Genus-specific Diagnostic Characters, Adult Stage
Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Forelegs with long tarsal claws (fuscus)

Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Vertex (V) and occiput (Occ) with short setae instead of erect scales


Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Antenna (Fl) with a fully developed scape

Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: Not yet available.

Eyes widely separated


Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Subcostal vein (Sc) short, with numerous setae


Genus-specific Diagnostic Characters, Larval Stage
Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Reduced metathoracic pleural setae 9-12-T, with all setae single

Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Seta 6-I-V with 3 or more branches


Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Seta 7-I with 2 or more branches

Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Pecten (Pt) few to absent


Mosquito generic character

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Saddle small


Whole Larvae

Not yet available


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