PAGES: 233-234 DOI: Technical notes
First Record of Anopheles benarrochi Gabaldon, Cova Garcia & Lopez from the State of São Paulo, Southern Brazil

Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Eduardo Sterlino Bergo*, Oswaldo Paulo Forattini +

Departamento de Epidemiologia, Núcleo de Pesquisa Taxonômica e Sistemática em Entomologia Médica, Faculdade de Saúde Pública, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Dr. Arnaldo 715, 01246-904 São Paulo, SP, Brasil
*Superintendência de Controle de Endemias (SUCEN), Rua Itália 1617, 14801-350, Araraquara, SP, Brasil


According to ME Faran (1980 Contrib Am Entomol Inst 15:1-215) the distribution range of Anopheles benarrochi Gabaldon, Cova Garcia & Lopez is limited to the Orinoco basin and eastern versant of the Andes including the llanos plateau region of Colombia, localities of the upper Amazon in Brazil (Rondônia, Acre, Amazonas) and Loreto, Peru. While conducting ecological studies in Bocaina, near Araraquara City, State of São Paulo, Brazil, it was possible to raise progeny broods of female of several species of Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus). Among the families we raised, one of them was identified as An. benarrochi which is, for the first time, recorded in the State of São Paulo.

Females Anopheles were collected on human bait, in open land, near edge vegetation, at Jacaré-Pepira River, Santa Leonor Farm, Route SP 255 km 125, Bocaina, near Araraquara, State of São Paulo (22°04'19" S and 48°26'47"W), about 420 m above sea level, in a man-made environment with intense agricultural activities, mainly sugar-cane and pasture. The remainder natural vegetation corresponds to edge vegetation along the Jacaré-Pepira River, patches of savanna and tropical deciduous forest. According to the climatic classification of Koeppen (J Setzer 1966 Atlas climático do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Comissão Interestadual da Bacia Paraná - Uruguai - Centrais Elétricas de São Paulo) the climate is subtropical humid. The collections were made on human bait during the dusk hours following methodology reported by OP Forattini et al. (1981 Rev Saúde Públ 15: 557-586), on 3rd July 1995. Females of several species of Anopheles were collected besides that of An. benarrochi and identified as An. darlingi Root, An. evansae (Brethes), An. galvaoi Causey, Deane & Deane, An. rondoni(Neiva & Pinto), An. strodei Root, An. triannulatus (Neiva & Pinto) and An. albitarsis l.s. The adult female of An. benarrochi was misidentified as An. strodei. Females were fed and left to lay eggs in small glass vials with wet cotton and filter paper on the bottom. After eclosion the larvae were raised to the adult stage in order to have adults associated with larval and pupal exuviae. Specimens were identified using Forattini's (1962 Entomologia Médica, v.1, São Paulo, Fac. Higiene e Saúde Pública, 662 pp.), Faran's (loc. cit.) and RAGB Consoli and R Lourenço-de-Oliveira's (1994 Principais mosquitos de importância sanitária no Brasil. Ed. Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, 225 pp.) keys.

According to Faran (loc. cit.) the adult female of An. benarrochi is indistinguishable from that of An. aquasalis Curry. Although similar to An. strodei it can be separated from An. strodei by having hindtarsomere 2 dark in about basal half (0.3-0.6 basal), light wing spots at least on veins C and R light cream to yellowish, never white. In An. strodei the hindtarsomere 2 is dark in less than basal 0.4, or when greater than 0.4 then the light wing spots are white, never light cream to yellowish. The author emphasized that a great care should be taken when examining specimens of An. benarrochi from other localities because he examined only few individuals.

Consoli and Lourenço-de-Oliveira (loc. cit.) considered that the adult female of An. benarrochi can be distinguished from those of An. strodei, An. aquasalis, An. galvaoi and An. evansae by possessing vein M mostly dark-scaled at least on ventral surface, and in the other species it is mostly white-scaled. Faran's and Consoli and Lourenço-de-Oliveira's keys do not allow one to identify An. benarrochi from Bocaina, State of São Paulo. In Faran´s key individuals of An. benarrochi can be misidentified as An. strodei and in Consoli and Lourenço-de-Oliveira's key as An. galvaoi.

However, An. benarrochi can be easily distinguished from An. strodeiAn. galvaoi and An. aquasalis by characters of the male genitalia and immature stages. Faran (loc. cit.) did not include in his key the immature stages of An. galvaoiAn. rondoni and An. anomalophylus Komp. The later species has not been found in Brazil, and according to Wilkerson and Strickman (1990 J Am Mosq Control Assoc 6: 7-34) its distribution is limited to Central America. The other two species are known from several localities in the State of São Paulo as well as in other localities throughout Brazil. In Consoli and Lourenço-de-Oliveira's and Faran's keys the larva of An. benarrochi can be separated from those of similar species by having seta 3-C with moderately long to long branches, in the other species seta 3-C is single or with minute aciculae. Faran (loc. cit.) did not include the pupae of An. galvaoi and An. rondoni in his key, however, he considered that the pupa of An. benarrochi can be recognized by having seta 9-VII short, less than or equal to 0.33 length of segment, pinna 4.4-5.5 length of meatus, not appearing to taper toward apex in lateral aspect, meatal cleft moderately pointed to rounded at base, seta 6-II much longer than 7-II, 10-C subequal to 11-C and more than 0.5 length of 12-C and 6-I 1.5-2.0 length of 7-I.

Although difficult to recognize adult female of An. benarrochi from State of São Paulo using Faran's and Consoli and Lourenço-de-Oliveira's adult keys, this species can be easily identified in the larval and pupal stages and male genitalia. As a conclusion, the progeny broods of females collected in Bocaina, State of São Paulo, were identified as An. benarrochi by characters of larva, pupa and male genitalia.

+Corresponding author. Fax: +55-11-282.1898
Received 26 August 1996
Accepted 30 October 1996

Partially supported by grant no.95/7157-2, Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo.


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