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Abundance and diversity of Anopheles species (Diptera: Culicidae) associated with malaria transmission in human dwellings in rural and urban communities in Oyo State, Southwestern Nigeria

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Mosquito samples were collected from rural and urban communities in three selected major towns in Southwestern Nigeria to determine the impact of urbanization on the diversity and abundance of Anopheles species associated with malaria transmission in human habitations. A total of ten Anopheles species were identified in the rural communities, while eight Anopheles species were identified in the urban communities. Out of the ten Anopheles species identified, only four species, Anopheles gambiae (Giles), Anopheles funestus (Giles), Anopheles moucheti (Evans), and Anopheles nili (Theobald), were established to be vectors of malaria occurring in greater than 50 % of the rural communities. Only A. gambiae occurred in all the urban communities, while the other three major vectors occurred in not more than 20 % of the urban communities. Margalef's and Shannon–Wiener indices showed that diversity and species richness were higher in the rural compared to the urban. Comprehensive information on malaria vector abundance and diversity in rapidly changing communities is an important tool in planning and implementing successful vector control programs.

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Special thanks to Mr. Oludayo Abiodun and Samuel for the assistance rendered during the field surveys. We also appreciate the efforts of Dr. Onyema Charles of the Department of Marine Sciences for providing the relevant ecological softwares used. This research work complied with the current laws of Nigeria where it was carried out.

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Oduola, A.O., Olojede, J.B., Oyewole, I.O. et al. Abundance and diversity of Anopheles species (Diptera: Culicidae) associated with malaria transmission in human dwellings in rural and urban communities in Oyo State, Southwestern Nigeria. Parasitol Res 112, 3433–3439 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-013-3522-0

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  • Malaria
  • Rural Community
  • Malaria Transmission
  • Malaria Vector
  • Urban Community