Dutch Caribbean Species Register

Overview of the biodiversity of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

Marine research by Naturalis and partners

Photos: Jaaziel Garcia-Hernandez and Simone Montano

Eleven species of mosquitos found on Leeward Dutch Caribbean Islands

Sytske de Waart - 27 June 2020
The black salt marsh mosquito (Aedes taeniorhynchus), recorded for the first time on Sint Maarten / Photo: Jordy van der Beek (license CC BY-NC-ND)

A 2018 study of mosquito populations on the islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius documented eleven species, including two new species for Sint Maarten, a number of which are known to spread mosquito-borne diseases. Understanding mosquito populations can help local governments to counteract the spread of mosquito-borne diseases and provide insight in the health of local ecosystems.

References: 

Beek, J.G. van der, Dijkstra, K-D. B., van der Hoorn, B.B., Boerlijst, S.P., Busscher, L., Kok, M.L., Braks, M.A.H., Schaffner, F., Davelaar, G.J., Henry, M., Hulshof, K., Leslie, T.E. & Schrama, M. 2020. Taxonomy, ecology and distribution of the mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) of the Dutch Leeward Islands, with a key to the adults and fourth instar larvae. 1-19. Contributions to Zoology.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 27 June 2020. Eleven species of mosquitos found on Leeward Dutch Caribbean Islands. link