Eleven Species of Mosquitoes found on Leeward Dutch Caribbean Islands
A 2018 study of mosquito populations on the islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius documented eleven different species, including two new species for Sint Maarten, a number of which are known to spread mosquito-borne diseases. Understanding mosquito populations can help local governments prepare themselves against the spread of mosquito-borne diseases as well as provide insight to the health of local ecosystems.
Article published in BioNews 36
More Information: van der Beek, J.G., Dijkstra, K-D.B., van der Hoorn, B.B., Boerlijst, S.P., Busscher, L., Kok, M.L., Braks, M.A.H., Schaffner, F., Davelaar, G.J., Henry, M., Hulshof, K., Leslie, T.E., Schrama, M. 2020. Taxonomy, ecology and distribution of the mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) of the Dutch Leeward Islands, with a key to the adults and fourth instar larvae. Contributions to Zoology 89 (2020) 373-392
**Correction: Under results section, sentence reads "In all, a total of 871 adults were captured and adult and larvae specimens from eleven species were identified between the three islands; eight on Sint Maarten, six on Saba and two on Sint Eustatius." 871 should be changed to 831, this was a typo in publication.