Aedes taeniorhynchus (Wiedemann, 1821)




Etymology: banded beak (Gr); white bands on a black proboscis

Aedes taeniorhynchus is a relatively small New World salt marsh Aedes, with white-tipped palps and distinctive banding on its proboscis, abdomen and tarsi. Although most specimens of Ae. taeniorhynchus sport a broad median white band on the proboscis, these bands were notably absent in around 10% of samples collected in Virginia and North Carolina. Specimens from Jamaica and other Antillean islands are also considerably darker than typical examplars, and these morphological differences could denote the presence of hidden biodiversity. Aedes taeniorhynchus belongs to the Culicelsa Group, together with Ae. mitchellae (Dyar), Ae. nigromaculis (Ludlow) and Ae. sollicitans (Walker). It has five valid synonyms: damnosus Say from the United States, niger Giles from Antigua, portoricensis Ludlow from Puerto Rico, epinolus Dyar & Knab from Peru, and pix Martini from Belize.

Type locality: Mexico

Type depository: Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria (NMW)

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

ADULT (illustrated): Head: Proboscis with broad, median pale band. Thorax: Postprocoxal membrane bare. Leg: Fe-I and Ti-I all dark; Ta-III1 without median white band; Ta-III1–5 with basal white bands. Abdomen: Terga (Te) with basal pale bands, without central spots or median stripe. Wing: All dark-scaled.

LARVA (not illustrated): Head: Setae 5,6-C single, gradually tapering. Terminal segments: Comb scales rounded apically, 9-20 in irregular patch; seta 1-VIII at least 0.5 as long as siphon; siphon about as wide as segment X; seta 1-S inserted beyond pecten; saddle complete with many posterior spicules; anal papillae shorter than segment X, without tracheae; seta 2-X with ≥6 strong branches, distinctly shorter than 3-X.



Dodge 1966

Bohart & Washino 1978

Darsie & Ward 2005

Becker et al. 2010

Harrison et al. 2016



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WRBU – Aedes – Neotropical Region – Adult

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WRBU – Aedes – Neotropical Region – Larva

Exemplar DNA sequences

Ae. taeniorhynchus : JX259676, KT766538–47, MG242518, KY859919–20




Females deposit their eggs in the open at the muddy bases of vegetation in salt marshes and mangroves, where immatures raise in the slightly brackish floodwater pools after heavy rains. In Jamaica, Ae. taeniorhynchus have been collected in large crabholes and in irrigation channels.


High densities of Ae. taeniorhynchus are linked to periods of heavy rainfall and high tides in the mid and late summer. In northern populations, the species overwinters as egg, but the population is present year-round in the South of its range. Mating occurs in swarms close to the emergence sites, and female Ae. taeniorhynchus feed predominantly on large mammals, including cattle and man. Although peak biting times are crepuscular, this species is highly aggressive and will feed at any time of the day—even in bright sunlight. Even in windy conditions, females are very strong flyers and will undertake flights of up to 30km to search for suitable hosts, or other suitable oviposition sites (such as brackish water pools in oil fields), often many miles from the coast. Their propensity for high density populations and their aggressive biting behavior renders them a nuisance pest in many parts of the Southern United States, and in coastal regions of the Caribbean islands.



Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United States (continental), Venezuela, Virgin Islands.

Distribution map for <em>Aedes taeniorhynchus</em> (Wiedemann, 1821)



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IMPORTANT REFERENCES (full citations below)

Wiedemann 1821: 43 (A; as Culex)

Mitchell 1907 (E*)

Howard et al. 1913 (1912) (E*)

Howard et al. 1917: 667 (M*, F, L, E*; bionomics)

Gerry 1932: 39 (F*)

Gjullin 1937: 256 (F*)

Darsie 1951: 16 (P*)

Yamaguti & LaCasse 1951d: 198 (M*, F*, L*)

Lane 1953: 678 (M*, F, L*)

Nielsen & Nielsen 1953: 141 (bionomics)

Bohart 1954: 365 (L*)

Carpenter & LaCasse 1955: 238 (M*, F*, L*)

Craig 1956 (E*)

Forattini 1958: 176 (P*)

Craig & Horsfall 1960 (E*)

Dodge 1966: 358 (1st instar L*; key)

Myers 1967 (E*)

Belkin et al. 1970: 152 (M*, F, P*, L*)

Bohart & Washino 1978: 118 (M, F*, L*; keys, taxonomy, bionomics, distribution)

Scotton & Axtell 1979 (E*)

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

Becker et al. 2010: 393 (F*, L*; key, taxonomy, distribution, bionomics)

Marcondes et al. 2012 (E*)

Harrison et al. 2016 (F*, L*; keys, distribution; see note 4)



syn. damnosus Say

1823: 11 (A; Culex). Type locality: Pennsylvania, United States (NE).

syn. niger Giles

1904b: 384 (F; Taeniorhynchus). Type locality: Antigua Island [Lesser Antilles] (NHMUK). References: Belkin 1968b: 6 (lectotype designation).

syn. portoricensis Ludlow

1905c: 386 (F; Culex). Type locality: San Juan, Puerto Rico (USNM). References: Stone & Knight 1956a: 224 (type info., lectotype designation).

syn. epinolus Dyar & Knab

1914: 61 (F). Type locality: Ventanillas, Peru (USNM). References: Stone & Knight 1956a: 217 (type info., lectotype designation).

syn. pix Martini

1935: 55 (F). Type locality: Belize, British Honduras (USNM). References: Lane 1953: 652 (F); Mattingly 1955c: 29 (type information); Stone & Knight 1956a: 224 (type information); Stone & Knight 1956a: 224 (type information); Heinemann & Belkin 1977d (synonymy).



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Belkin, J.N., Heinemann, S.J., & Page, W.A. (1970). The Culicidae of Jamaica (Mosquito studies. XXI) Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, 6(1), 458.

Bohart, R.M. (1954). Identification of first stage larvae of California Aedes (Diptera, Culicidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 47(2), 355–366.

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

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