Aedes hensilli

Aedes hensilli is a mosquito species originally collected in 1945 on Ulithi atoll in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, about 191 km (103 nautical mi) east of Yap State.[1] It is the most abundant and widespread Aedes (Stegomyia) species mosquito in Yap State, the only Aedes (Stegomyia) species on Woleai, and the only species of mosquito present on Eauripik.[2]

Aedes hensilli
Scientific classification
A. hensilli
Binomial name
Aedes hensilli
Farner, 1945

The specific epithet recognizes the collector of the type specimens, Dr. George S. Hensill.[1]


Larvae of Ae. hensilli develop in empty coconut shells, tree holes, and bamboo, and in artificial containers such as tin cans, discarded drums, barrels, bottles, tires, tarps, and floats; larvae were not found in leaf axils of pandanus trees or in taro plants.[1] Water barrels used to collect rainwater are major contributors to mosquito production due to the high number of larvae and pupae hosted in them.[3]

The adults are active primarily at dusk.[1]

Medical importanceEdit

Ae. hensilli is a potential vector of dengue virus[2] and Zika virus[3] and laboratory studies have indicated that it could play a role in transmitting other medically important arboviruses [3]


  1. ^ a b c d D. S. Farner, Lieutenant (JG), H(S), USNR. 1945. A New Species of Aedes from the Caroline Islands (Diptera, Culicidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 58 (May 7, 1945): 59-62.
  2. ^ a b Fritz, C L; Savage, H M; Yolwa, A; Gubler, D J; Vorndam, V; Rutstein, D (1 April 1998). "Epidemic of dengue-4 virus in Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia, and implication of Aedes hensilli as an epidemic vector". The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. pp. 519–524. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.1998.58.519. PMID 9574802.
  3. ^ a b c Ledermann, Jeremy P.; Guillaumot, Laurent; Yug, Lawrence; Saweyog, Steven C.; Tided, Mary (9 October 2014). "Aedes hensilli as a Potential Vector of Chikungunya and Zika Viruses". PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. pp. e3188. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003188.