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A Review of Anopheles maculipennis Complex in North Africa

Journal: The Journal of Middle East and North Africa Sciences (Vol.3, No. 6)

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Keywords : Anopheles maculipennis complex; An. labranchiae; An. sacharovi; Tunisia; Algeria; Morocco; Libya; Egypt.;

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The identification of species that belong to Maculipennis complex is very difficult because of the morphological similarity within this group. The molecular identification of species belonging this complex showed the existence of a single species called Anopheles labranchiae in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. This is important information for malaria control in the North Africa. The arid climate of Lybia excluded the members of Maculipennis complex except An. labranchiae and An. sacharovi. In the neighboring country, no species of this complex has been identified in Egypt. The accurate and correct identification of mosquito vectors is very important for the implementation and development of vector control strategies.

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