Anopheles (Cel.) arabiensis


  • 1905:625 (M*, F*, L, E*).
  • Aden Hinterland [West Aden Protectorate] (LU).


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Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe


  • davidsoni Ribiero, DaCunha Ramos, Pires and Capela
    • 1979:75 (M*, F*, P*, L*). ,
    • Type-loc: Ribiera do Mangue, Santiago Island, Cape Verde Republic (IHMT).
    • Cambournac, Petrarca and Coluzzi 1982:266 (syn.).


An. arabiensis larvae are found in relative short duration habitats (3-5 weeks) with high turbidity and lacking in aquatic vegitation or surface film. Chosen breeding sites appear to be associated with cattle, the preferred host. (Gimnig, Ombok, Kamau and Hawley 2001:286)

Medical Importance

An. arabiensis, along with gambiae and funestus are the primary vectors of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. (Gimnig, Ombok, Kamau and Hawley 2001:282)

Culicidae » Anophelinae » Anopheles » Cellia
habitus image

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Additional References

  • White 1975:311 (resurrected from syn. with gambiae; distr.).
  • Mattingly 1977:324 (tax.).
  • Rodhain et al. 1977:279 (distr.)

Adult Stage, detail images:

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