Anopheles annularis van der Wulp, 1884




Etymology: ringed (L); palpi, tarsi

Anopheles annularis was originally described from Mount Ardjoeno in Java, Indonesia. It is found across the mainland and islands of southeast Asia, in the Philippines and north to Taiwan and Nepal and through to the Indian subcontinent as far west as Afghanistan and Pakistan. Cytogenetic studies conducted in India showed support for two species (A and B) characterized by +j1 and j1 arrangements in chromosome arm 2, respectively. Species A has been molecularly verified in China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Timor, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Species B has been detected in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and matched to one Cambodian sample in GenBank.

Anopheles annularis is the nominotypical species of the informally designated Annularis Group and Annularis Complex. The Annularis Group comprises five species split into two species complexes: Annularis Complex (comprising An. annularis, An. pallidus Theobald, An. philippinensis Ludlow, An. schueffneri Stanton) and the Nivipes Compex (containing only An. nivipes (Theobald), which is known to comprise two cytogenetic forms). Six formerly described taxa are currently in synonomy with An. annularis: An. fuliginosus Giles, An. leucopus Dönitz, An. jamesii Liston, An. nagpori James & Liston, An. lineata Ludlow and An. adiei James & Liston. It remains unknown how species A and B correspond to topotypic populations of An. annularis, and which, if any, of these synonyms correspond to the emergent taxa in the Annulipes Complex.

Type locality: Mount Ardjoeno, Java [Indonesia]

Type depository: State Museum of Natural History, Leyden, Netherlands (LM)

DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS  (Click photos to view; mouse over and click large photo to zoom in.)

ADULT (illustrated): Head: Frontal tuft with long, white slender scales; palpus with 3 pale bands. Thorax: Anterior promontory with erect white, slender scales; upper proepisternal setae absent. Wing: Vein CuA with more dark than pale scaling and dark spot at fork with crossvein mcu. Legs: Fe-III, Ti-III and Ta-III1 without pale speckling; Ta-III3-5 entirely white. 

LARVA (not illustrated): Head: Seta 3-C multi-branched, brush-like; seta 8-C single or double.  Abdomen: Seta 1-I palmate, moderately developed.



Nguyen Thuong Hien 1968

Reid 1968

Rattanarithikul & Harrison 1973

Lee et al. 1987b

Darsie & Pradhan 1990

Rattanarithikul et al. 2006b



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Exemplar DNA sequences

An. annularis  Species A - ITS2: (DQ351853 (India), FJ526607 (Sri Lanka), FJ526609 (Myanmar), FJ526613 (Philippines), EU919720 (China), FJ526615 (Thailand), GU062187 (Timor); Species B – ITS2: (DQ351854, India).




Typically, An. annularis s.l. immatures are collected in large, fresh water sites including lakes, ponds, rice fields, ditches and swamps with plentiful aquatic vegetation, but have also been collected from large artificial water tanks. In northern India, the species overwinters both as adults and larvae.


The roles of An. annularis s.l. populations in malaria transmission are highly variable Low numbers of naturally-infected An. annularis s.l. have been reported in China, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thai-Cambodian border region. In Yunnan, China, An. annularis s.l. feeds on man in high numbers throughout the night. In Malaysia, An. annularis s.l. is regarded as zoophilic, rarely biting man. In Bengal, India, An. annularis s.l. are anthropophilic and zoophilic, and rest both in houses and in stables. in India, only species A has been implicated in malaria transmission. 



Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia (Java, Flores, Kalimantan, Moluccas, Sulawesi, Sumatra includes Ketulauan Riouw Archipelago, Timor), Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor, Vietnam

Distribution map for <em>Anopheles annularis</em> van der Wulp, 1884



VHR: Cambodia

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IMPORTANT REFERENCES (full citations below)

Van der Wulp 1884: 249 (F)

Christophers 1933: 300 (M*, F*, P, L*, E)

Ross & Roberts 1943b: 31 (M*, F*, L*; taxonomy, distribution, bionomics)

 Bonne-Wepster & Swellengrebel 1953: 438 (M*, F*, L*)

Horsfall 1955: 193 (review)

Hara 1959: 110 (F*)

Nguyen Thuong Hien 1968 (F*, L*; keys, taxonomy, bionomics, Vietnam)

Reid 1968: 373 (M*, F*, P*, L*, E*; keys, taxonomy)

Basio 1971b: 38 (M*, F*; bionomics)

Rattanarithikul & Harrison 1973 (L*; key, distribution; Thailand)

Ameen & Talukdar 1974c: 90 (P*)

 Baisas 1974: 56 (M, F*, P, L*; taxonomy, bionomics, distribution; Philippines)

Dash et al. 1983 (morphology; taxonomy; sensu lato)

Ahmed 1987 (distribution; Bangladesh)

Lee et al. 1987b: 129 (F key, taxonomy, bionomics, distribution, review)

Darsie & Pradhan 1990 (F, L; taxonomy, keys, bionomics, distribution; Nepal)

Suleman et al. 1993 (distribution; Pakistan)

Atrie et al. 1999 (sensu lato; chromosomes)

Whelan & Hapgood 2000 (bionomics, distribution; East Timor)

Rattanarithikul et al. 2006b (F*, L*; bionomics, distribution, keys)

Alam et al. 2007 (sensu lato; molecular taxonomy)

Rueda et al. 2008 (distribution)

Surendran et al. 2013 (molecular taxonomy; distribution: Sri Lanka; sensu lato)

Sinka et al. 2011: 89 (bionomics review, distribution, niche model)

Namgay et al. 2018 (distribution, bionomics; Bhutan)



syn. fuliginosus Giles

1900a: 161 (F*). Type locality: Calcutta [West Bengal], India (NHMUK). References: Christophers & Barraud 1931: 177 (E*); Senevet 1931: 62 (P*); Townsend 1990: 76 (type information).

syn. leucopus Dönitz

1901: 37 (M, F). Type locality: Doerian [Palembang], Sumatra [Indonesia] (ZM).

syn. jamesii Liston

1901: 441 (A; not Theobald, 1901a). Type locality: Ellichpur [Central Provinces], India (LU).

syn. lineata Ludlow

1908a: 50 (A; Chagasia?). Type locality: Camp Gregg, Pangasinan, Luzon, Philippines (USNM).

syn. nagpori James & Liston

1911: 90 (A; Nyssorhynchus fuliginosus var.). Type locality: Nagpur [Central Provinces], India (LU).

syn. adiei James & Liston

1911: 89 (A; Nyssorhynchus fuliginosus var.). Type locality: Ferozepore & Amritsar, Punjab [Hill States], India (LU). References: Christophers 1933: 300 (synonymy; melanic variation).



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Alam, M.T., Das, M.K., Dev, V., Ansari, M.A., & Sharma, Y.D. (2007). Identification of two cryptic species in the Anopheles (Cellia) annularis complex using ribosomal DNA PCR-RFLP. Parasitology Research, 100(5), 943–948.

Ameen, M.-U., & Talukdar, M.Z.I. (1974c). Pupal chaetotaxy of the common mosquitoes of Dacca. Beiträge zur Entomologie, 24(1,4), 87–95.

Atrie, B., Subbarao, S. K., Pillai, M. K. K., Rao, S. R. V., & Sharma, V. P. (1999). Population cytogenetic evidence for sibling species in Anopheles annularis (Diptera: Culicidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 92(2), 243–249.

Baisas, F. E. (1974). The mosquito fauna of Subic Bay Naval Reservation, Republic of the Philippines. San Francisco: Headquarters, First Medical Service Wing (PACAF), San Francisco.

Basio, R. G. (1971b). The mosquito fauna of the Philippines (Diptera, Culicidae). Manila: National Museum of the Philippines. 198pp.

Bonne-Wepster, J., & Swellengrebel, N.H. (1953). The anopheline mosquitoes of the Indo-Australian Region. Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy.

Christophers, S.R. (1933). The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Diptera.Vol. IV. Family Culicidae. Tribe Anophelini. London: Taylor and Francis.

Christophers, S.R., & Barraud, P.J. (1931). The eggs of Indian Anopheles, with descriptions of the hitherto undescribed eggs of a number of species. Records of the Malaria Survey of India, 2(1), 161–192.

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

Dash, A.P., Khamre, J.S., Roy, J.R., Bendle, M.S., Das, M., & Dwived, S.R. (1983). Morphometrical variations in Anopheles annularis. Journal of Communicable Diseases, 15(1), 61–64.

Dönitz, W. (1901). Nachrichten aus dem Berliner Entomologischen Verein. Insekten -Borse, 18, 36–38.

Giles, G. M. (1900a). A handbook of the gnats or mosquitoes giving the anatomy and life history of the Culicidae. J Bale and Sons and Danielsson, Ltd London.

Hara, J. (1959). Taxonomical notes on the female terminalia of some anopheline mosquitoes of Japan and Formosa. Taxonomic and ecological studies on mosquitoes of Japan (Part 12). Japanese Journal of Experimental Medicine, 29, 107–119.

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James, S.P., & Liston, W.G. (1911). A monograph of the anopheline mosquitoes of India, 2nd edition. Calcutta: Thacker, Spink and Co.

Lee, D.J., Hicks, M.M., Griffiths, M., Debenham, M.L., Bryan, J.H., Russell, R.C., . . . Marks, E.N. (1987b). The Culicidae of the Australasian region. Volume 5. Commonwealth Department of Health, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Monograph Series, 2.

Liston, W.G. (1901). A year's experience of the habits of Anopheles in Ellichpur. The description of the species of Anopheles found in Ellichpur during the year. Indian Medical Gazette, 36, 361–366, 441–443.

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Namgay, R., Drukpa, T., Wangdi, T., Pemo, D., Harbach, R.E., & Somboon, P. (2018). A checklist of the Anopheles mosquito species (Diptera: Culicidae) in Bhutan. Acta Tropica 188 (2018) 206–212.

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Surendran, S.N., Sarma, D.K., Jude, P.J., Kemppainen, P., Kanthakumaran, N., Gajapathy, K., . . . Walton, C. (2013). Molecular characterization and identification of members of the Anopheles subpictus complex in Sri Lanka. Malaria Journal, 12, 304.

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