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anopheles punctipennis

The new Internal Transcribed Spacer 2 diagnostic tool clarifies the taxonomic position and geographic distribution of the North American malaria vector Anopheles punctipennis

March 10, 2021 - 15:21 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
James M. Hodge, Andrey A. Yurchenko, Dmitriy A. Karagodin, Reem A. Masri, Ryan C. Smith, Mikhail I. Gordeev and Maria V. Sharakhova
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2021 20:141, 10 March 2021

The malaria mosquito Anopheles punctipennis, a widely distributed species in North America, is capable of transmitting human malaria and is actively involved in the transmission of the ungulate malaria parasite Plasmodium odocoilei. However, molecular diagnostic tools based on Internal Transcribed Spacer 2 (ITS2) of ribosomal DNA are lacking for this species. Anopheles punctipennis is a former member of the Anopheles maculipennis complex but its systematic position remains unclear.

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