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The genus Lutzia, first described in 1903 by Frederick Vincent Theobald,[1] includes species whose larval stages exhibit predatory behavior. The type species is Lutzia bigoti.[2]

Lutzia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae
Genus: Lutzia
Theobald, 1903

BionomicsEdit

The genus includes two species with Neotropical distribution, four in Asia and Australasia, one Afrotropical, and one occurring in the Ogasawara Islands of Japan.[2]

Laboratory experiments on predation by Lutzia (Metalutzia) fuscana under arid conditions showed that it preyed primarily on Aedes aegypti larvae, and to lesser extents on Anopheles stephensi and Culex quinquefasciatus larvae, with an average daily consumption of 18-19 larvae/day, suggesting that under the proper conditions they could be useful in reducing domestic mosquito breeding in mosquito populations in desert environments where due to limited water sources, mosquito vectors must share the available breeding habitat.[3]

Subgenera and speciesEdit

Subgenera and species listed by the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit:[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Frederick V. Theobald. 1903. A monograph of Culicidae or mosquitoes, III. London: British Museum (Natural History). xv + 359pp.; 155; http://www.mosquitocatalog.org/files/pdfs/131700-8.Pdf.
  2. ^ a b Thomas V. Gaffigan, Richard C. Wilkerson, James E. Pecor, Judith A. Stoffer and Thomas Anderson. 2016a. "Lutzia" in Systematic Catalog of Culicidae, Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, http://wrbu.si.edu/generapages/lutzia.htm, accessed 21 Feb 2016.
  3. ^ Himmat Singh, Robin Marwal, Anusha Mishra, Karam Vir Singh. 2014. Predatory habits of Lutzia (Metalutzia) fuscana (Wiedmann) (Diptera: Culicidae) in the arid environments of Jodhpur, western Rajasthan, India. Arthropods, 3(1): 70-79; http://www.iaees.org/publications/journals/arthropods/articles/2014-3%281%29/predatory-habits-of-Lutzia-fuscana.pdf.
  4. ^ Thomas V. Gaffigan, Richard C. Wilkerson, James E. Pecor, Judith A. Stoffer and Thomas Anderson. 2016b. "Genus Lutzia Theobald" in Systematic Catalog of Culicidae, Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, http://www.mosquitocatalog.org/taxon_descr.aspx?ID=38, accessed 21 Feb 2016.