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polynesiensis Marks

1951a:138 (M, L).
Type-loc: Taveuni, Fiji Islands (BM)

Additional References:
Marks 1954:383, pl. 18 (M*, F*).
Rosen and Rozeboom 1954:531 (L*).
Wallis 1954: (E*).
Belkin 1962a:468 (M*, F, P*, L*).
Mattingly 1970g:35 (L*).
Huang 1975a: 92 (tax.); 99-101 (M*, F*, P*, L*).
Huang and Hitchcock 1980: 6 (key to adults); 8 (key to pupae); 9 (key to larvae); 92, 97-99 (M*, F*, P*, L*).
Hinton 1981: (E*).
Linley and Service 1995: (E*).

Australia, Cook Islands (Polynesia), Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue, Polynesian Islands; Howland; Jarvis; Johnston Atol; Pitcairn; Wallis & Futuna, Samoa (Ind. State of Samoa; American Samoa; Western Samoa), South China Sea Islands (Paracel; Spratly; Tokelau), Tuvalu

This species is semi-domestic with an extremely wide range of breeding places that includes tree holes, coconut shells and husks, various types of artificial containers, leaf axils, crab holes, banana stumps, cacao pods and canoes. Females are primarily diurnal with biting peaks in the late afternoon and early morning (Belkin 1962).

Medical Importance:
Important vector of nonperiodic W. bancrofti wherever it is found (Belkin 1962).