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Cross-mating between Malaysian strains of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the laboratory.

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      Reciprocal and homologous mating experiments between Malaysian Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes were conducted in the laboratory. Two methods were employed, namely an artificial mating technique and a natural cage mating technique. The study demonstrated there exists a strong reproductive isolation between Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus. Insemination occurred in cross-mating experiments between Ae. aegypti females and Ae. albopictus males and also between Ae. albopictus females and Ae. aegypti males. Cross mating between Ae. aegypti females and Ae. albopictus males produced more eggs than that between Ae. albopictus females and Ae. aegypti males with both artificial mating and natural cage mating techniques. The matings did not result in the production of viable eggs by the females. No embryonation of these eggs was observed when the eggs were bleached. With homologous mating Aedes aegypti produced significantly greater numbers of eggs compared to Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, and all the eggs hatched successfully.

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      [1 ] Medical Entomology Unit, Infectious Diseases Research Center, Institute For Medical Research, Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. nazni@imr.gov.my
      Journal
      Southeast Asian J. Trop. Med. Public Health
      The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health
      0125-1562
      0125-1562
      Jan 2009
      : 40
      : 1
      19323032

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