Culex vagans Wiedemann, 1828




Etymology: not stated [ranging, wandering (L)] 

Type locality: China [People’s Republic of China]

Type depository: Type non-existent (NE)


Harbach 1988

Darsie & Pradhan 1990, 1991

Tanaka 2004



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Exemplar DNA sequences

All Culex vagans DNA sequences



Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel (and Gaza Strip and West Bank), Japan, Macau, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam.



Wiedemann 1828: 545 (M, F)

Séguy 1924: Pl. VI (L*; as Cx. tipuliformis)

La Casse and Yamaguti 1950: 216 (M*, F*, P*, L*; bionomics, distribution, taxonomy)

Hara 1957: 55 (F*)
Joshi et al. 1965 (distribution; Nepal)
Ishii 1969: 204 (F)
Lotfi 1970: 400 (distribution)
Aslamkhan 1971b (distribution; Pakistan)
Gutsevich et al. 1974: 390 (M*, F, L*)
Tanaka et al. 1975c: 219 (distribution)

Minar 1976: 335 (distribution)
Sirivanakarn 1976: 37 (M*, F*, P*, L*; distribution)

Tanaka et al. 1979: 138 ((M*, F*, L*)

Harbach 1985a: 86 (distribution; Israel)

Harbach 1988: 36 (M*, F, P*, L*; taxonomy, keys, bionomics, distribution)

Darsie & Pradhan 1990, 1991 (F, L; taxonomy, keys, bionomics, distribution; Nepal)
Tanaka 2004a: 14 (P*; taxonomy, key)
Rueda et al. 2008: 397 (distribution)

Robert et al. 2019 (distribution; Western Palearctic)



syn. tipuliformis Theobald

1901c: 325(F*). Type locality: Bakloh, Northwest Provinces [India] (NHMUK)


synvirgatipes Edwards

1914c: 126 (M, F). Type locality: Hong Kong [People’s Republic of China] (NHMUK)


syn. exilis Dyar

1924f: 127 (M). Type locality: Vladivostok [Maritime Territory], former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) (USNM). References: Stone & Knight 1957a: 49 (lecto- type desig.).






Aslamkhan, M. (1971b). The mosquitoes of Pakistan. I. A checklist. Mosquito Systematics, 3(4), 147–159.

Darsie, R.F., Jr., & Pradhan, S.P. (1990). The mosquitoes of Nepal: Their identification, distribution and biology. Mosquito Systematics, 22(2), 69–130.

Darsie, R.F., Jr., & Pradhan, S.P. (1991). The mosquitoes of Nepal their identification, distribution and biology. Index and corrigendum. Mosquito Systematics, 23(1), 46–49.

Dyar, H.G. (1924f). A new mosquito from Siberia (Diptera, Culici- dae). Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus, 12, 127–128.

Edwards, F.W. (1914c). New Culicidae from Borneo and Hong Kong. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 5(2), 125–128.

Gutsevich, A.V. (1974). On the identification of mosquito females (Culicidae) by microscopic preparations of the head. IV. Key to species of the genus Aedes. Parazitologiya (St. Petersburg), 8(4), 329–335.

Hara, J. (1957). Studies on the female terminalia of Japanese mosquitoes. Japanese Journal of Experimental Medicine, 27, 45–91.

Harbach, R.E. (1985a). Pictorial keys to the genera of mosquitoes, subgenera of Culex and the species of Culex (Culex) occurring in southwestern Asia and Egypt, with a note on the subgeneric placement of Culex deserticola (Diptera: Culicidae). Mosquito Systematics, 17(2), 83–107.

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.

Ishii, T. (1969). On the Culex pipiens group in Japan. Part 1. XIII. Morphological comparisons between adult females of Culex pipiens pallens Coquillett and Culex vagans Wiedemann from the northern parts of Japan (Diptera: Culicidae). Japanese Journal of Ecology, 19(5), 204–216.

Joshi, G., Pradhan, S., & Darsie, R.F., Jr. (1965). Culicine, Sabethine and Toxorhynchitine mosquitoes of Nepal including new country records (Diptera: Culicidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 67(3), 137–146.

La Casse, W.J., & Yamaguti, S. (1950). Mosquito fauna of Japan and Korea. Kyoto, Japan: Office of the Surgeon, Headquarters 8th Army, US Army.

Lotfi, M.D. (1970). Iranian species of genus Culex (Culinae [sic]: Diptera). Bulletin de la Société de pathologie exotique et de ses filiales, 63(3), 399–403.

Minar, J. (1976). Culiciden aus der Mongolei (Diptera). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 22(3–4), 335–350.

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.

Rueda, L.M. (2008). Global diversity of mosquitoes (Insecta: Diptera: Culicidae) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia, 595(1), 477–487.

Séguy, E. (1924). Les moustiques de l’Afrique Mineure, de l’Égypte et de la Syrie. Encyclopédie Entomologique A, 1, 1–257.

Sirivanakarn, S. (1976). Medical entomology studies. III. A revision of the subgenus Culex in the Oriental region (Diptera: Culicidae). Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, 12(2), 1–272.

Tanaka, K., Saugstad, E.S., & Mizusawa, K. (1975c). Mosquitoes of the Ryukyu Archipelago (Diptera: Culicidae). Mosquito Systematics, 7(3), 207–233.

Tanaka, K., Mizusawa, K., & Saugstad, E.S. (1979). A revision of the adult and larval mosquitoes of Japan (including the Ryukyu Archipelago and Ogasawara Islands) and Korea (Diptera: Culicidae). Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, 16, 1–987.

Tanaka, K. (2004a). Studies on the pupal mosquitoes of Japan. 10. Culex (Culex) (Diptera, Culicidae). Japanese Journal of Systematic Entomology, 10(1), 9–42.

Theobald, F.V. (1901c). A monograph of the Culicidae or mosquitoes (Vol. 2). London, England: British Museum (Natural History). Theobald, F.V. (1901d). Notes on a collection of mosquitoes from West Africa, and descriptions of new species. Appendix. Memoirs of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 4, i–xiv.

Wiedemann, C.R.G. (1828). Aussereuropäische zweiflägelige insekten. (Vol. 1). Germany: Hamm.



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