Forum: Effect of Photoperiod on Wing Area in Anopheles Quadrimaculatus (Diptera: Culicidae)

Carmine A. Lanciani, Ronald Edwards

Abstract


The effect of photoperiod on wing area of a mosquito in the species complex Anopheles quadrimaculatus was tested on adults reared from a field sample. Short-photoperiod [8:16 (L:D)] individuals of each sex had greater wing areas than did their long-photoperiod [16:8 (L:D)] siblings of the same wing length or body weight. The greater wing areas of short-photoperiod mosquitoes, given any wing length, established that short-photoperiod individuals had broader wings. The greater wing areas of short-photoperiod mosquitoes, given any body weight, established that short-photoperiod individuals had a greater wing area per unit body weight.

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