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Native to Asia, this mosquito has spread rapidly all over the world in the past few decades
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Benedict, M. Q., Levine, R. S., Hawley, W. A., & Lounibos, L. P. (2007). Spread of the tiger: global risk of invasion by the mosquito Aedes albopictus. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 7(1), 76–85. doi:10.1089/vbz.2006.0562.

. The spread was assisted mainly by increased transport of goods across the globe, although some evidence exists that it may outcompete native mosquitoes
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Benedict, M. Q., Levine, R. S., Hawley, W. A., & Lounibos, L. P. (2007). Spread of the tiger: global risk of invasion by the mosquito Aedes albopictus. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 7(1), 76–85. doi:10.1089/vbz.2006.0562.

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Juliano, S. A. (2010). Coexistence, Exclusion, or Neutrality? a Meta-Analysis of Competition Between Aedes Albopictus and Resident Mosquitoes. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution, 56(3-4), 325–351. doi:10.1560/IJEE.55.3-4.325

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Livdahl, T. P., & Willey, M. S. (1991). Prospects for an invasion: competition between Aedes albopictus and native Aedes triseriatus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 253(5016), 189–191. doi:10.1126/science.1853204

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Lounibos, L., O’meara, G., Escher, R., Nishimura, N., Cutwa, M., Nelson, T., … SA. (2002). Testing predictions of displacement of native Aedes by the invasive Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus in Florida, USA. Biological Invasions, 3, 151–166. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A:1014519919099

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 Mosquitoes are well known for the itchiness that results after they bite; in this regard Ae. albopictus generally bites (and flies) in the daytime, as well as dusk and dawn. This is a nuisance, except that the Asian tiger mosquito is a vector for many pathogens. These include the viruses causing dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever, as well as the filarial nematodes responsible for heartworm
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Gratz, N. G. (2004). Critical review of the vector status of Aedes albopictus. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 18(3), 215–227. doi:10.1111/j.0269-283X.2004.00513.x

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Name and description


In 1894, Frederick A. Askew Skuse scientifically described this mosquito and named it Culex albopictus (latin for "white painted") (Figure 4). It was later reassigned to the genus Aedes in 1920 
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Edwards, F. W. (1920). Notes on the Mosquitos of Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 11(2), 133. doi:10.1017/S0007485300044539.

, although recent phylogenetic analyses may result in reclassification as Stegomyia albopicta 
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Savage, H. M. (2005). Classification of mosquitoes in tribe Aedini (Diptera: Culicidae): Paraphylyphobia, and classification versus cladistic analysis. Journal of Medical Entomology, 42(ICZN 1999), 923–927. doi:10.1603/0022-2585(2005)042[0923:COMITA]2.0.CO;2

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Reinert, J. F., Harbach, R. E., & Kitching, I. J. (2009). Phylogeny and classification of tribe Aedini (Diptera: Culicidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 157(4), 700–794. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2009.00570.x

. Systematicists continue to debate the reclassification.

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