Culex (Cux.) ocossa
- 1919:6 (M)
- Georgetown, British Guiana (USNM)
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela
Immatures have been found in permanent habitats including lakes, rivers and swamp margins in a forest, gardens and the sides of roads usually with abundant floating vegetation (Pistia, Eichhornia, Salvinia, Azolla). Adults are nocturnal and feed on humans. (Sallum & Forattini 1996).
Reported as a vector of western equine encephalitis (WEE) and could be a very important vector of Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) (Sallum & Forattini 1996).
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- Dyar 1923b:120 (syn. with aikenii).
- Dyar 1928:337 (in part, see panocossa; Colombia, Panama, Suriname,Venezuela; as aikenii).
- Stone and Knight 1957:54 (lectotype desig.).
- Belkin, Heinemann, and Page 1970:93 (M*, P*, L*).
- Belkin 1970b:60 (resurrected from syn. with aikenii).
- Sirivanakarn and Jacob 1982b: 195 (Argentina).
- Sirivanakarn 1983:279 (M*, F*).
- Pecor et al. 2000: 213 (distr., Peru).
- Sallum et al. 2001: 928 (L*, P*; tax.).
Adult Stage, detail images:
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