Culex stigmatosoma Dyar, 1907




Etymology: not stated [spot-body (Gr); prob. ref. to “coloration of the underside of the abdomen, which has only a row of round black spots”]

Type locality: Pasadena, California, United States

Type depository: U.S. National Museum, Washington, D.C., United States (USNM)


Carpenter & LaCasse 1955

Bohart & Washino 1978

Darsie & Ward 2005




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WRBU - Genera - Nearctic - Adult

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Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, United States (continental), Venezuela.



Dyar 1907: 123 (A, L)

Yamaguti & LaCasse 1951c: 62 (M*, F*, L*)

Carpenter & LaCasse 1955: 292 (M*, F*, L*; keys)

Bohart & Washino 1957: 463 (L*)

Breland 1957: 175 (L*)

Stone & Knight 1957a: 56 (type information)

Stone 1958b: 236 (synonym with peus)

Bohart & Washino 1978: 125 (M, F, L*; keys, taxonomy, bionomics, distribution; as peus, a nom. nudum)

Strickman 1988a: 490 (from synonym)

Eldridge & Harbach 1989: 247 (conservation of stigmatosoma)

International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature 1991 (Opinion 1644; conservation of name)

Eldridge & Harbach 1992 (conservation of stigmatosoma & thriambus)

Darsie & Ward 2005 (F*, L*; keys, distribution)

Ortega-Morales et al. 2011 (taxonomy, distribution)



syn. eumimetes Dyar & Knab

1908: 61 (M, F). Type locality: Orizaba, [Veracruz], Mexico (USNM). References: Stone & Knight 1957a: 49 (lectotype designation); Stone et al. 1959: 253 (synonym); Strickman 1988a: 490 (synonym).






Bohart, R.M., & Washino, R.K. (1957). Differentiation of second and third stage larvae of California Culex (Diptera: Culicidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 50, 459–463.

Bohart, R.M., & Washino, R.K. (1978). Mosquitoes of California (3rd ed.). Berkeley: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Breland, O.P. (1957). Variations in the larvae of Culex stigmatosoma Dyar with notes on similar species (Diptera: Culicidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 50(2), 175–178.

Carpenter, S.J., & LaCasse, W.J. (1955). Mosquitoes of North America (North of Mexico). Berkeley: University of California Press.

Darsie, R.F., Jr., & Ward, R.A. (2005). Identification and geographical distribution of the mosquitoes of North America, north of Mexico. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Dyar, H.G. (1907). Report on the mosquitoes of the coast region of California, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 32(1516), 121–129.

Dyar, H.G., & Knab, F. (1908). Descriptions of some new mosquitoes from tropical America. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 35(1632), 53–70.

Eldridge, B.F., & Harbach, R.E. (1989). Case 2702: Culex stigmatosoma, Dyar 1907 and C. thriambus, 1921 (Insecta, Diptera): Proposed conservation of the specific names by suppression of C. peus Speiser, 1904. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 46(4), 247–249.

Eldridge, B.F., & Harbach, R.E. (1992). Conservation of the names Culex stigmatosoma and Culex thriambus. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 8(1), 104–105.

International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. (1991). Opinion 1644. Culex stigmatosoma Dyar, 1907 and C. thriambus Dyar, 1921 (Insecta, Diptera): Specific names conserved. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 48(2), 179–180.

Ortega-Morales, A.I., Huerta, H., Strickman, D., Sánchez Ramos, F.J., Landeros Flores, J., & Cerna Chavez, E. (2011). Registros de mosquitos en Mexico: Culex stigmatosoma Dyar y Cx. thriambus Dyar (Diptera: Culicidae) con notas taxonomicas para ambas especies. Southwestern Entomologist, 36(2), 177–196.

Stone, A. (1958b). Types of mosquitoes described by C. F. Adams in 1903 (Diptera, Culicidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 31(3), 235–237.

Stone, A., & Knight, K.L. (1957a). Type specimens of mosquitoes in the United States National Museum. IV. The genus Culex (Diptera, Culicidae). Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, 47(2), 42–59.

Stone, A., Knight, K.L., & Starcke, H. (1959). A synoptic catalog of the mosquitoes of the world (Diptera, Culicidae) (Vol. 6). Washington, DC: Thomas Say Foundation, Entomological Society of America.

Strickman, D. (1988a). Redescription of the holotype of Culex (Culex) peus Speiser and taxonomy of Culex (Culex) stigmatosoma Dyar and thriambus Dyar (Diptera: Culicidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 90(4), 484–494.

Yamaguti, S., & LaCasse, W.J. (1951c). Mosquito fauna of North America. Part IV. Genera Culex and Deinocerites. Office of the Surgeon, Headquarters, 8th Army, APO 343. Office of the Surgeon-General. 207th.



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