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argyritarsis Robineau-Desvoidy

1827:411 (F).
Type-loc: Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara, Brazil (NE; originally in MNHP)

Additional References:
Pinto 1939:363 (M*, F*, P, L*, E*).
Komp 1942:62 (F*), 109 (L*), 149 (M*).
Cova-Garcia 1946, fig. 1 (E*), 28 (L*), 81 (F*) 115 (M*).
Senevet 1948d:437 (P).
Belkin 1968b:9 (tax.).
Belkin, Schick and Heinemann 1971:5 (type-loc info.; tax.).
Kreutzer, Kitzmiller and Rabbani 1975:354 (salivary chromosomes*).
Linthicum 1988: (M*, F*, P*, L*).
Calderon, Fernandez and Valle 1995:5-23 (Bion. Distr. Peru)
Beltrán-Aguilar et al. 2011: 734 (M*, F*, P*, L*; tax., keys, distr.)
Berti et al. 2014:(distr., Venezuela).


Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

Anopheles argyritarsis occurs in ground pools and also occasionally in artificial containers such as tin cans and animal water troughs. The immature habitats are characterized by having some grassy vegetation and are usually in areas of secondary growth. (Linthicum 1988:113)

Medical Importance:
An. argyritarsis is generally considered not to be a primary vector of malaria but may be important when it occurs at high densities. Although it is rarely found inside houses and rarely attacks man, argyritarsis has been found naturally infected with malaria parasites. (Faran and Linthicum 1981:9)