Species-group, Genus-group and Family-group Names in Culicidae (Diptera)

November 2018
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  • Published
    30th November 2018
  • ISBN 9781786399052
  • Language English
  • Pages 388 pp.
  • Size 8.625" x 10.5"

Mosquitoes are undeniably one of the most studied groups of insects due to their great impact on human health as the agents that transmit the pathogens which cause malaria, filariasis and numerous viral diseases, such as Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever.

The study of mosquitoes has given rise to a plethora of names for subspecies, species, subgenera, genera and family-level groups, many of which are duplicate names for the same entity. This unique volume is a comprehensive compilation of all scientific names introduced at all levels of classification within the family since the official start of zoological nomenclature. The work is largely a lexicon aimed at being historical and informative as well as nomenclatural and bibliographic. Unlike catalogues, it contains sections devoted separately to the groups of names regulated by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, the species, genus and family groups, as well as sections concerned with names derived from personal and geographical names and other sources. In addition to insights into the history of mosquito classification, attention given to the formation, Latinization and derivation of names makes the work a crucial contribution to mosquito science.

Culicipedia is an important comprehensive reference source for students, entomologists, professional taxonomists and other scientists interested in culicid nomenclature, classification and the etymology of scientific names.

Arrangement, format and definitions
Symbols, abbreviations, words and phrases in the Tome
Section 1: Species-group names
Names beginning with letter A ...and continues through alphabet
Section 2: Genus-group names
Section 3: Family-group and other suprageneric names
Section 4: Species-group names formed from personal names
Section 5: Species-group names formed from geographical names
Section 6: Genus-group names formed from personal names
Section 7: Some interesting species- and genus-group names
Some interesting species-group names
Some interesting genus-group names.
Section 8: Phylogenetic classification of composite genus Aedes
Species-group names
Names beginning with letter A …and continues through alpahabet
Genus-group names
Section 9: Changed spellings of species-group names
Some thoughts about mosquito taxonomy and nomenclature
Literature cited
Appendix 1: Current higher-level classification of the Culicidae
Appendix 2: Multi-generic and traditional classifications of the genus Aedes
Appendix 3: Table of changed spellings of species-group names

Ralph Harbach

Ralph Harbach served as a commissioned officer in the US Army Medical Service Corps with assignment to the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit in the Smithsonian Institution to conduct mosquito systematics research (1980-1992). He accepted a post at the Natural History Museum in 1993 to continue mosquito systematics research. He is the author or co-author of 246 publications, including a book, two monographs and two CD-ROMs. He developed and maintains the online Mosquito Taxonomic Inventory