Culex (Cux.) antennatus


  • (Becker)
  • 1903:68 (M; Anopheles)
  • Cairo, Egypt (ZM)


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Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan


  • aurenti Newstead
    • 1907, in Newstead, Dutton, and Todd 1907:24 (M, F)
    • Type-loc: Leopoldville, Belgian Congo (BM)
    • Kirkpatrick 1925:129 (M*, F*, P*, L*)
    • Hopkins 1936:224 (syn.)
    • Harbach 1988:48 (lectotype desig.)


Larvae are commonly found in stagnant fresh ground water habitats that include rice fields, stream pools, springs, ponds, swamps, ditches, seepages and animal footprints. Females are evening biters, feeding primarily on cattle, but entering houses to bite man (Harbach 1988).

Medical Importance

Vector of West Nile virus and Rift Valley Fever (Harbach 1988).

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habitus image

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Additional References

  • Hopkins 1936:224 (L: n. comb.)
  • Edwards 1941:333 (M*, F*), 425 (P)
  • Lariviere and Abonnenc 1956:1195 (M*, L*, E*)
  • Lofti 1970:400 (n.distr.)
  • Margalit and Tahori 1974:86 (distr.)
  • Harbach 1988:48 (M, F, P*, L*)

Adult Stage, detail images:

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