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LOPES, José. Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) ecology of natural and artificial rural breeding places in horthern Parana, Brazil. V. Larvae captured in artificial reservoirs installed in ciliary forest. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1997, vol.31, n.4, pp.370-377. ISSN 1518-8787.

INTRODUCTION: The use of receptacles containing water for the laying of the Culicidae eggs in an anthropogenic area, may indicate a genetic plasticity thet leads them evolutionarily towards domiciliation. Thus, the varions species of Culicidae which colonize the receptables placed in reparian forest were collected for this study. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The materials used were: Tires, plastic, can and bamboo receptacles, installed in a rural area of a reparian forest along a river in Northern Parana, Brazil. RESULTS: The results were obtained by means of the collection of Cx.grup coronator, Cx. declarator, Cx. laticlasper, Cx. (Melanoconion), Cx. section Spissipes, Cx. mollis, Ae. terrens, Tr. compressum, Tr. pallidiventer, Hg. leucocelaenus, Cx. quinquefasciatus, Li. durhamii and Toxorhynchites sp larvae. The first five species were tire specific, while the two Trichoprosopon species were bamboo specific. Ae. terrens and Cx. mollis were collected both in tires and bamboo, Cx. bigoti was collected in tires, cans and bamboo, while Hg. leucocelaenus could only be found in cans. The last four species were collected in all kinds of receptacles. Cx. quinquefasciatus, Cx. eduardoi and Li. durhamii had significant population fluctuations. DISCUSSION: Tires were characterized as the receptacle most acceptable to the Culicidae. The areas where the forest was the densest and the places where the soil was the most humid were the spots with the highest capture register.

Keywords : Culicidae; Ecology, vectors.

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