Culex pseudovishnui Colless, 1957




Etymology: false (Gr); similar to vishnui

Type locality: Singapore

Type depository: Natural History Museum, London, England, United Kingdom (NHMUK)


Harbach 1988: 111

Lee et al. 1989a: 162

Darsie & Pradhan 1990, 1991

Tanaka 2004a: 26



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Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, People’s Republic of China (includes Hong Kong), Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.




Colless 1957a: 88 (M*, F, L*)

Delfinado 1966a: 147 (P, L*)

Bram 1967b: 222 (M*, F, L*; bion., distribution, taxonomy)

Reuben 1969: 648 (M*, F*, L*)

Miyagi & Iha 1970: 71 (taxonomy, distribution; as neovishnui)

Aslamkhan 1971b (distribution; Pakistan)

Basio 1971b: 58 (M*; bion.)

Matsuo & Iwaki 1972: 349 (taxnomy)

Matsuo & Ramalingam 1972: 55 (taxonomy)

Baisas 1974: 100 (M, F, P, L; taxonomy, bion., distribution; Philippines)

Lien et al. 1975 (distribution; as neovishnui)

Sirivanakarn 1975a: 72 (M*, F, P*, L*; distribution)

Tanaka et al. 1975c: 218 (distribution)

Sirivanakarn 1976: 116 (M*, F, P*, L*; distribution)

Tanaka et al. 1979: 152 (M*, F*, L*)

Zaim 1987: 568 (distribution)

Harbach 1988: 111 (M*, F, P*, L*; taxonomy, keys, bion., distribution)

Lee et al. 1989a: 162 (F; key, taxonomy, bion., distribution, review)

Darsie & Pradhan 1990, 1991 (F, L; taxonomy, keys, bion., distribution; Nepal)

Tanaka 2004a: 26 (P*; taxonomy, key)

Rattanarithikul et al. 2005b (F*, L*; bion., distribution, keys)

Robert et al. 2019 (distribution; Western Paleartic)



syn. neovishnui Lien

1968d: 230 (M*, F, P*, L*). Type locality: Peiyuan, Tungho, Taitung, Taiwan [Republic of China] (TMRI). References: Sirivanakarn 1976: 116 (syn.).






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