Invasive Species Compendium

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Monitoring of adult mosquitoes in Osijek with special focus on invasive species and vectors during the 2013th.


The study of mosquitoes in the city of Osijek has been systematically implemented for more than 20 years. In the city of Osijek during the 2013th a total of 19,849 individuals were caught at 19 different locations/stations with using the method - man/aspirator/15 minutes. Stations on carrying out detailed sampling were determined in accordance with the spatial distance to cover completely the city of Osijek. Monitoring of adult mosquitoes has been performed throughout the season on all 19 stations, every other day at dusk at an interval of 15 minutes. From a total of 16 species caught by this method, 14 species of mosquitoes (Aedes cinereus, Aedes vexans, Anopheles claviger, Anopheles hyrcanus, Anopheles maculipennis k., Anopheles plumbeus, Coquillettidia richiardii, Culex modestus, Culex pipiens k., Culex territans, Culiseta annulata, Ochlerotatus caspius, Ochlerotatus sticticus, Aedes albopictus) are potential vectors. Given that 15 species of mosquitoes of the 50 species found in Croatia have medical significance, it is of great importance to investigate and monitor the development and expansion of populations of species that transmit the disease to humans. One of the five invasive species that spread through Europe, species of Aedes albopictus was recorded for the first time in the Osijek area.