Culex simpsoni Theobald, 1905




Etymology: C.B. Simpson

Type locality: Transvaal [Republic of South Africa]

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


Harbach 1988

Jupp 1996



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Exemplar DNA sequences

All Culex simpsoni DNA sequences



Burkina Faso, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar (includes Glorioso and Juan De Nova Islands), Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Republic of South Arica, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe.



Theobald 1905g: 28 (M*, F*)
Edwards 1941: 309 (M*, F), 420 (P)
Hopkins 1952: 293 (L*)
Mattingly & Brown 1955: 85 (L; taxonomy)
Gerberg & Arnett 1976: 343 (distribution)
Brunhes 1977a (distribution; Comoros Islands)
Rodhain et al. 1977 (distribution)
Harbach 1988: 75 (M*, F, P*, L*; taxonomy, keys, bionomics, distribution)
Jupp 1996 (M*, F*; key)
Ahmed et al. 2011 (distribution; Saudi Arabia)
Robert et al. 2019 (distribution; Western Palearctic)



syn. richteri Ingram & De Meillon

1927: 72 (M*, F, P*, L*). Type locality: Begamuzi River, Zululand [KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa] (NHMUK). References: Harbach 1988: 75 (lectotype desig.).

syn. mauritanicus Callot

1940: 362 (L*). Type locality: Taghjicht [Grand Atlas Region], Morocco (IPS). References: Senevet et al. 1949: 42 (M*, P, L; taxonomy); Harbach 1988: 75 (synonym).






Ahmed, A.M., Shaalan, E.A., Aboul-Soud, M.A.M., Tripet, F., & Al-Khedhairy, A.A. (2011). Mosquito vectors survey in the Al-Ahsaa district of eastern Saudi Arabia. Journal of Insect Science, 11, 176.

Brunhes, J. (1977a). Les moustiques de l’archipel des Comores. I. Inventaire, répartition et description de quatre espèces ou sous-espècies nouvelles. Cahiers ORSTOM. Série entomologie médicale et parasitologie, 15(2), 131–152.

Callot, J. (1940). Sur quelques moustiques du Maroc. Archives de l’Institut Pasteur du Maroc, 2(2), 361–365.

Edwards, F.W. (1941). Mosquitoes of the Ethiopian Region. III. Culicine adults and pupae. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), Entomology.

Gerberg, E.J., & Arnett, R.H.J. (1976). A pictorial key to the mosquito larvae of the Seychelles. Mosquito Systematics, 8(4), 343–346.

Harbach, R.E. (1988). Mosquitoes of the subgenus Culex in southwestern Asia and Egypt (Diptera: Culicidae). Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, 24(1), 1–240.

Hopkins, G.H.E. (1952). Mosquitoes of the Ethiopian region: Larval bionomics of mosquitoes and taxonomy of culicine larvae (2nd ed., Vol. 1). London, England: British Museum (Natural History).

Ingram, A., & De Meillon, B. (1927). A mosquito survey of certain parts of South Africa, with special reference to the carriers of ma- laria and their control. Part I. Publications of the South African Institute for Medical Research, 4, 1–81.

Jupp, P.G. (1996). Mosquitoes of southern Africa. Culicinae and Toxorhynchitinae. Hartebeespoort, Republic of South Africa: Ekogilde

Mattingly, P.F., & Brown, E.S. (1955). The mosquitos (Diptera: Culicidae) of the Seychelles. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 46(1), 69–110.

Robert, V., Günay, F., Le Goff, G., Boussès, P., Sulesco, T., Khalin, A., Medlock, J.M., Kampen, H., Petrić, D., & Schaffner, F. (2019). Distribution chart for Euro-Mediterranean mosquitoes (western Palaearctic region). Journal of the European Mosquito Control Association, 37, 1–28.

Rodhain, F., Boutonnier, A., & Coulanges, P. (1977). Bibliographie des Culicides de Madagascar. Archives des l’Instituts Pasteur de Madagascar, 46, 485–495.

Senevet, G., Mandoul, R., & Jacquemin, P. (1949). Sur une forme aberrante de l’Aedes caspius Pallas. Archives de l’Institut Pasteur d’Algérie, 27(3), 277–280.

Theobald, F.V. (1905g). New Culicidae from India, Africa, British Guiana, and Australia. Journal of Economic Entomology, 1, 17–36.



Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (Year). Culex simpsoni species page. Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit Website,, accessed on [date (e.g. 03 February 2020) when you last viewed the site].