Comparative account of energy reserves in four co-occurring mosquito species in Kolkata, India (Diptera: Culicidae)

Sushree Mohan 1 , 2 , Sampa Banerjee 1 , Soujita Pramanik 1 , Soumyajit Banerjee 1 , 3 , Goutam K. Saha 1 ,  and Gautam Aditya 1 , 4
  • 1 Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta, 35 Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata 700019, India
  • 2 Department of Zoology, Ravenshaw University, College Square, Cuttack 753003, India
  • 3 P.G. Department of Zoology, Serampore College, Serampore 712201. India
  • 4 Department of Zoology, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan 713104, India

Abstract

Energy reserves in mosquitoes are an indicator of fitness, linking larval effort in resource acquisition with adult survival and fecundity. In other words, life history strategies and disease transmission potential can be related to the amount of energy reserves. The energy reserves of four mosquitoes – Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, Armigeres subalbatus and Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) – were calculated to justify species-specific differences in their life history strategies. Following repeated sampling of pupae from the respective larval habitats, the glycogen, sugar and lipid contents of individual mosquitoes were assessed and corroborated with pupal weight and adult wing length. Discriminant function analysis was used to acquire an initial reflection of the differences of the parameters among the sex and species of the mosquitoes considered in the study. Using logistic regression and ANOVA, the effects of species and sex as contributors to variations in energy reserves could be established. The results indicated that for all the mosquitoes, sex-specific differences were prominent with reference to the energy reserves. Species-specific differences in energy reserves reflect differences in resource acquisition and assimilation in the tissues, and thus the differences in the life history strategies of these four species.

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