ORIENTAL & PALEARCTIC REGIONS
Etymology: Henry Leste
Anopheles lesteri is placed in the Lesteri Subgroup of the Hyrcanus Group, along with An. crawfordi Reid, An. peditaeniatus (Leicester), and An. vietnamensis Nguyen, Tran & Nguyen. Molecular studies have resolved many long-standing queries on the taxonomic status of An. lesteri, recognizing four valid synonyms: paraliae Sandosham (described from the Malaysian mainland and Borneo), and kiangsuensis Xu & Feng, anthropophagus Xu & Feng, and dazhaius Ma (all described from China). DNA comparison of An. paraliae and An. lesteri (ITS2 rDNA; mtDNA COI, COII), and An. lesteri and An. anthropophagous (ITS2 rDNA) from China confirmed the conspecificity of both these taxa with An. lesteri. Anopheles lesteri is placed in the Lesteri Subgroup of the Hyrcanus Group, along with An. crawfordi Reid, An. peditaeniatus (Leicester), and An. vietnamensis Nguyen, Tran & Nguyen.
Type locality: Santa Mesa of Manila, [Rizal, Luzon], Philippines
Type depository: Type non-existent (NE)
DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS (Click photos to view; mouse over and click large photo to zoom in.)
ADULT (illustrated): Head: Clypeus with patches of dark scales laterally; Basal 4-8 flagellomeres of flagellum with pale scales; palpomere MPlp3 with pale basal band at most as wide as other pale bands. Thorax: Antepronotal scales present; C-II with distinct upper patch of pale scales. Wing: Costa usually without humeral pale spot; pale fringe spot at termination of vein CuA usually present; presector pale spot vaguely-defined or missing; vein 1A with 2 dark spots. Legs: Fe-III without distal broad preapical white band; Ta-III1-5 with apical pale bands only.
LARVA (not illustrated): Head: Antenna spiculate; seta 1-A with branches reaching beyond midpoint on antenna; seta 2-C single, closely approximated; seta 3-C with ≥10 branches. Abdominal segments: Seta 1 well-developed palmate on ≥5 segments; seta 1-P without branches on basal 0.5, single or with short branches on distal 0.5; leaflets of palmate seta 1-III–VII serrated.
Nguyen Thuong Hien 1968
Rattanarithikul et al. 2006b (as paraliae)
WRBU – Anopheles - Myzorhynchus Series - Australasian Region - Adult
WRBU – Anopheles - Myzorhynchus Series - Indomalayan Region - Adult
WRBU – Anopheles - Myzorhynchus Series - Indomalayan Region - Larva
WRBU – Anopheles - Myzorhynchus Series - Oriental Region - Adult
WRBU – Anopheles - Myzorhynchus Series - Oriental Region - Larva
WRBU - Anopheles - Eastern Palearctic Region - Adult
WRBU - Anopheles - Eastern Palearctic Region - Larva
WRBU - Genera - Global - Adult
WRBU - Genera - Global - Larva
WRBU - Genera - Indomalaya - Adult
WRBU - Genera - Indomalaya - Larva
WRBU - Genera - Oriental - Adult
WRBU - Genera - Oriental - Larva
WRBU - Anopheles Subgenera and Series - Indomalaya - Adult
WRBU - Anopheles Subgenera and Series - Indomalaya - Larva
WRBU - Anopheles Subgenera and Series - Oriental - Adult
WRBU - Anopheles Subgenera and Series - Oriental - Larva
Exemplar DNA sequences
An. lesteri ITS2: AY375469 (Philippines); AY375468, AB733020–22 (South Korea); AY375467, AY803792 (China, as An. anthropophagus); AB733023–27 Thailand (as An. paraliae); COI: KC855663–64; EU699001–055.
Anopheles lesteri immature habitats are typically shaded, cool water in rice fields, marshes, ground pools or ponds. Rice fields can become highly prolific rearing sites for An. lesteri, especially later in the rice growing season when plants shade the deeper waters.
Anopheles lesteri females are endophilic and endophagic, readily entering homes to feed and rest Gonotrophic cycles last 12 days. In northern parts of their range, An. lesteri can overwinter both as eggs and adults – which is unusual in Anopheles mosquitoes.
Brunei, Cambodia, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia (includes Kalimantan, Sulawesi), Japan, Laos, Malaysia, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam.
WRBU VECTOR HAZARD REPORTS
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Available GIS Models
An. lesteri_Foley_1 Palearctic
IMPORTANT REFERENCES (full citations below)
Baisas & Hu 1936: 229 (F, P*, L*, E*; hyrcanus var.)
Ohmori 1957 (M*, E*)
Ohmori 1959: 222 (P*)
Whang 1962: 39 (distribution)
Nguyen Thuong Hien 1968 (F*, L*;keys, tax., bion., Vietnam)
Reid 1968: 105 (M*, F*, P*, L*, E*; as paraliae)
Basio 1971b: 36 (M*, F*; bionomics)
Basio & Reisen 1971: 60 (L; distribution)
Tanaka 1971: 4 (distribution)
Harrison 1973b: 4 (taxonomy)
Baisas 1974: 50 (M, F*, P, L*; taxonomy, bionomics, distribution; Philippines)
Harrison & Scanlon 1975: 61 (M*, F*, P*, L*; distribution; as paraliae)
Tanaka et al. 1975c: 212 (taxonomy, distribution); Kanda & Oguma 1976: 325 (tax.)
Otsuru et al. 1976: 301 (E)
Tanaka et al. 1979: 83 (M*, F*, P, L*, E)
Linley et al. 1995: 59 (E*; as paraliae)
Rueda et al. 2003 (taxonomy)
Rueda et al. 2005 (M*, F*, P*, L*; neotype designation)
Rattanarithikul et al. 2006b (F*, L*; bionomics, distribution, keys; as paraliae)
Becker et al. 2010: 339 (F*, L*; key, taxonomy, distribution, bionomics)
Sinka et al. 2011: 89 (bionomic review, distribution, niche model)
Saeung et al. 2014 (E*; as paraliae)
syn. paraliae Sandosham
1959: 189 (F, L). Type locality: Malaya [Malaysia] & Borneo (NHMUK). References: Reid 1963a: 101 (lectotype designation; distribution); Harrison et al. 1991 (1990): 208 (from ssp. of lesteri); Taai et al. 2013 (synonymy with lesteri).
syn. kiangsuensis Xu & Feng
1975 (F, E*). Type locality: Wukiang, Kiangsu Province, China [People's Republic of China] (Chinese Medical College). References: Yang et al. 1983 (as syn. of anthropophagus).
syn. anthropophagus Xu & Feng
1975: 81 (M*, F*, P*, L*, E*; as lesteri ssp.). Type locality: Wukiang, Kiangsu Province, China [People's Republic of China] (Chinese Medical College). References: Ma 1981b: 60 (from ssp. of lesteri); Wilkerson et al. 2003 (synonymy); Rueda et al. 2003 (taxonomy).
syn. dazhaius Ma
1981b: 65 (M*, F*, E*). Type locality: Sichuan Province, China [People's Republic of China] (IZ). References: Miao et al. 1988 (hybridization experiments; dazhaius conspecific with lesteri); Qu & Zhu 2008 (review; syn. of dazhaius with lesteri by Miao et al. 1988).
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Miao, J., Pan, J., & Jiang, W. (1988). Hybridization and chromosome observations on six species of the Anopheles hyrcanus group in China (Diptera: Culicidae). Zoological Research, 9(3), 231–237.
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