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Morphological and molecular taxonomy and phylogeny of Nyssorhynchus subgenus of Anopheles (Diptera: Culicidae), with special emphasis on Anopheles darlingi from Mata Atlântica

Grant number: 11/20397-7
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2012 - February 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Parasitology - Entomology and Malacology of Parasites and Vectors
Principal Investigator:Maria Anice Mureb Sallum
Grantee:Maria Anice Mureb Sallum
Host Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers: Eduardo Sterlino Bergo ; Lincoln Suesdek Rocha


The evolution of bloodfeeding by mosquitoes is arguably the most important insect adaptation in terms of human misery and disease in the world today. Most research on mosquitoes has been directed towards their control. However, this has resulted in a common misconception that mosquitoes as a group are well known taxonomically. Mosquitoes form a diverse monophyletic assemblage with global distribution. Only a minority of the 3,523 currently known species are important pests of humans. Mosquitoes have much to give to basic science, for instance, as indicators of Neotropical diversity and for studies of evolution and speciation. Funding from FAPESP will propitiate the continuation of the studies on Anophelinae mosquito, incorporating the following: comprehensive, illustrated taxonomic keys for species of the Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus); species discovery and description to fill gaps in knowledge, with particular emphasis on species from threatened biodiversity hotspots; a predictive classification founded on both morphological and molecular characters; and a nexus for building and maintaining the mosquito community through communication and training. Intellectual Merit -In a time of a new research agenda for malaria elimination and of declining taxonomic expertise, this project brings together specialists in ecology, taxonomy and evolution of Culicidae, -project will provide taxonomic training and facilitate identification by specialists and non-specialists alike, -will produce a predictive classification that will lay a foundation for addressing, in future studies: biogeographic hypotheses; questions about host/parasite evolution; the origin of medically important traits; environmental, climatic and anthropogenic factors that influence rates of speciation, -will add a phylogenetic framework to evolution and spatial distribution of Anopheles darlingi, -will establish a mechanism for collaborations between mosquito taxonomists, ecologists and other members of the mosquito specialist community. Broader Impacts-Project will propitiate the training of undergraduates, graduate students and post doctorates in mosquito taxonomy using molecular and morphological characters, -will democratize mosquito taxonomy knowledge through the dissemination of species identifications keys using both adults and immature characteristics, -will foster international collaborations with Natural History Museum, London, and National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., -information will be disseminated from publications, and national and international congress. (AU)

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DENISE CRISTINA SANT'ANA; EDUARDO STERLINO BERGO; MARIA ANICE MUREB SALLUM. Anopheles goeldii Rozeboom & Gabaldón (Diptera, Culicidae): a species of the Nuneztovari Complex of Anopheles Meigen. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 59, n. 1, p. 68-76, . (11/20397-7)
RODRIGUES DE SA, IVY LUIZI; MUREB SALLUM, MARIA ANICE. Comparison of automatic traps to capture mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in rural areas in the tropical Atlantic rainforest. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, v. 108, n. 8, p. 1014+, . (05/53973-0, 11/20397-7, 10/14268-7)
LAURITO, MAGDALENA; DE OLIVEIRA, TATIANE M. P.; ALMIRON, WALTER RICARDO; MUREB SALLUM, MARIA ANICE. COI barcode versus morphological identification of Culex (Culex) (Diptera: Culicidae) species: a case study using samples from Argentina and Brazil. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, v. 108, n. 1, p. 110-U152, . (11/20397-7)
BOURKE, BRIAN PATRICK; OLIVEIRA, TATIANE PORANGABA; SUESDEK, LINCOLN; BERGO, EDUARDO STERLINO; MUREB SALLUM, MARIA ANICE. A multi-locus approach to barcoding in the Anopheles strodei subgroup (Diptera: Culicidae). PARASITES & VECTORS, v. 6, . (11/20397-7)
LAPORTA, GABRIEL ZORELLO; SALLUM, MARIA ANICE MUREB. Coexistence mechanisms at multiple scales in mosquito assemblages. BMC ECOLOGY, v. 14, . (11/20397-7, 12/09939-5)
LORENZ, CAMILA; MARQUES, TATIANI CRISTINA; MUREB SALLUM, MARIA ANICE; SUESDEK, LINCOLN. Morphometrical diagnosis of the malaria vectors Anopheles cruzii, An. homunculus and An. bellator. PARASITES & VECTORS, v. 5, . (05/53973-0, 11/20397-7)
GOMES HUTCHINGS, ROSA SA; HUTCHINGS, ROGER WILLIAM; SALLUM, HONEGGER ANICE MUREB; MUREB SALLUM, MARIA ANICE. Culicidae (Diptera: Culicomorpha) from the central Brazilian Amazon: Nhamundá and Abacaxis Rivers. Zoologia, v. 30, n. 1, p. 1-14, . (11/20397-7)
SANT'ANA, DENISE CRISTINA; BERGO, EDUARDO STERLINO; MUREB SALLUM, MARIA ANICE. Anopheles goeldii Rozeboom & Gabaldon (Diptera, Culicidae): a species of the Nuneztovari Complex of Anopheles Meigen. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 59, n. 1, p. 68-76, . (11/20397-7)
CHAVES, L. S. M.; LAPORTA, G. Z.; SALLUM, M. A. M.. Effectiveness of Mosquito Magnet in Preserved Area on the Coastal Atlantic Rainforest: Implication for Entomological Surveillance. Journal of Medical Entomology, v. 51, n. 5, p. 915-924, . (11/20397-7)
MASELLI, LUCIANA M. F.; LEVY, DEBORA; LAPORTA, GABRIEL Z.; MONTEIRO, ALINE M.; FUKUYA, LINAH A.; FERREIRA-DA-CRUZ, MARIA F.; DANIEL-RIBEIRO, CLAUDIO T.; DORLHIAC-LLACER, PEDRO E.; SALLUM, MARIA ANICE M.; BYDLOWSKI, SERGIO P.. Detection of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax subclinical infection in non-endemic region: implications for blood transfusion and malaria epidemiology. Malaria Journal, v. 13, . (09/53141-5, 11/20397-7, 12/09939-5)
EMERSON, KEVIN J.; CONN, JAN E.; BERGO, EDUARDO S.; RANDEL, MELISSA A.; SALLUM, MARIA ANICE M.. Brazilian Anopheles darlingi Root (Diptera: Culicidae) Clusters by Major Biogeographical Region. PLoS One, v. 10, n. 7, . (11/20397-7)
MAGDALENA LAURITO; TATIANE MP DE OLIVEIRA; WALTER RICARDO ALMIRON; MARIA ANICE MUREB SALLUM. COI barcode versus morphological identification of Culex ( Culex ) (Diptera: Culicidae) species: a case study using samples from Argentina and Brazil. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, v. 108, p. 110-122, . (11/20397-7)
ALMEIDA, FABIO; SUESDEK, LINCOLN; MOTOKI, MAYSA T.; BERGO, EDUARDO S.; SALLUM, MARIA ANICE M.. Morphometric comparisons of the scanning electron micrographs of the eggs of Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) darlingi Root (Diptera: Culicidae). Acta Tropica, v. 139, p. 115-122, . (12/17717-2, 11/20397-7)
DEMARI-SILVA, BRUNA; SUESDEK, LINCOLN; MUREB SALLUM, MARIA ANICE; MARRELLI, MAURO TOLEDO. Wing geometry of Culex coronator (Diptera: Culicidae) from South and Southeast Brazil. PARASITES & VECTORS, v. 7, . (10/02658-5, 11/20397-7)
LAPORTA, GABRIEL ZORELLO; BURATTINI, MARCELO NASCIMENTO; LEVY, DEBORA; FUKUYA, LINAH AKEMI; PORANGABA DE OLIVEIRA, TATIANE MARQUES; FERREIRA MASELLI, LUCIANA MORGANTI; CONN, JAN EVELYN; MASSAD, EDUARDO; BYDLOWSKI, SERGIO PAULO; MUREB SALLUM, MARIA ANICE. Plasmodium falciparum in the southeastern Atlantic forest: a challenge to the bromeliad-malaria paradigm?. Malaria Journal, v. 14, . (09/53141-5, 11/20397-7, 12/09939-5, 14/09774-1)
FOSTER, PETER G.; BERGO, EDUARDO S.; BOURKE, BRIAN P.; OLIVEIRA, TATIANE M. P.; NAGAKI, SANDRA S.; SANT'ANA, DENISE C.; SALLUM, MARIA ANICE M.. Phylogenetic Analysis and DNA-based Species Confirmation in Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus). PLoS One, v. 8, n. 2, . (05/53973-0, 11/20397-7)
MORENO, MARTA; BICKERSMITH, SARA; HARLOW, WESLEY; HILDEBRANDT, JESSICA; MCKEON, SASCHA N.; SILVA-DO-NASCIMENTO, TERESA FERNANDES; LOAIZA, JOSE R.; RUIZ, FREDDY; LOURENCO-DE-OLIVEIRA, RICARDO; SALLUM, MARIA A. M.; et al. Phylogeography of the neotropical Anopheles triannulatus complex (Diptera: Culicidae) supports deep structure and complex patterns. PARASITES & VECTORS, v. 6, . (11/20397-7)
FOLEY, DESMOND H.; LINTON, YVONNE-MARIE; FREDDY RUIZ-LOPEZ, J.; CONN, JAN E.; SALLUM, MARIA ANICE M.; POVOA, MARINETE M.; BERGO, EDUARDO S.; OLIVEIRA, TATIANE M. P.; SUCUPIRA, IZIS; WILKERSON, RICHARD C.. Geographic distribution, evolution, and disease importance of species within the Neotropical Anopheles albitarsis Group (Diptera, Culicidae). JOURNAL OF VECTOR ECOLOGY, v. 39, n. 1, p. 168-181, . (11/20397-7)

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