Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Beyond frontiers: on invasive alien mosquito species in America and Europe.

Abstract

The aim of the article was to focus on two highly invasive alien mosquito species: A. albopictus in Europe and C. coronator Dyar and Knab in America, shedding light on key biological, ecological, and epidemiological issues urgently needing further attention at the forefront of vector biology and control research. There is a paucity of knowledge about the mechanisms employed by invasive species to adjust their ecology and behavior in response to the different environments, and there are no effective contingency plans to guide mosquito control operations to deal with this increasing threat. Furthermore, the lack in awareness about the presence of invasive species may lead to their underestimation or even failure in detecting them due to misidentification of specimens or surveillance strategies that disregard their habitats.