Male Culex sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae
Genus: Culex
Linnaeus, 1758

C. annulirostris
C. antennatus
C. jenseni
C. pipiens
C. pusillus
C. quinquefasciatus
C. rajah
C. restuans
C. salinarius
C. tarsalis
C. territans
C. theileri
C. tritaeniorhynchus
many more

1216 species
Culex mosquito larvae
Culex quinquefasciatus, known vector of west Nile virus

Culex is a genus of mosquito, and is important in that several species serve as vectors of important diseases, such as West Nile virus, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis and avian malaria.

The adult mosquito can measure from 4–10 millimetres (0.16–0.39 in), and morphologically has the three body parts common to insects: head, thorax, and abdomen. As a fly, it has one pair of wings.

Scientists at the University of California, Davis and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), have identified nonanal as a compound that attracts Culex mosquitoes.[1][2][3] Nonanal acts synergistically with carbon dioxide.[4]



Carl Linnaeus used the Latin term for midge or gnat, culex, as the name of this taxon.[5]

Life cycle

The developmental cycle takes two weeks and is by complete metamorphosis. Eggs are laid singularly or in batches, depending on the species. Eggs will only hatch in the presence of water. During the larval stage the mosquito lives in water and feeds on organic matter and plants, then develops into a pupa. The pupa is comma-shaped and also lives in water. It does not feed and becomes an adult after one or two days.


There are a large number of Culex species. In Panama alone, 88 species were described by 1955.


  • Acalleomyia
  • Acallyntrum
  • Aedinus
  • Afroculex
  • Allimanta
  • Anoedioporpa
  • Barraudius
  • Belkinomyia
  • Carrollia
  • Culex
  • Culiciomyia
  • Eumelanomyia
  • Kitzmilleria
  • Lasiosiphon
  • Lophoceraomyia
  • Maillotia
  • Melanoconion
  • Micraedes
  • Microculex
  • Neoculex
  • Oculeomyia
  • Phenacomyia
  • Sirivanakarnius
  • Tinolestes


External links

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  • culex — culex …   Dictionnaire des rimes

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  • Culex — Eine mit Blut vollgesogene Culex quinquefasciatus Systematik Klasse: Insekten (Insecta) Ordnung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Culex — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda ? Culex Culex quinquefasciatus Clasificación científica …   Wikipedia Español

  • CULEX — apud Graecos generale nomen non habuit olim. Nam βύτζα recens est et ex Arabibus sumptum: κώνωψ, est vinatius culex, de quo notus ille versus Hadtiani, Ambulare per popinas, Culices pati rotundos. Vide quoque infra voce Vinum. Ε᾿μπὶς, culex in… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Culex — Cu lex, n. [L., a gnat.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of mosquitoes of the family {Culicidae}, to which most of the North American species belong. Some members of this genus are exceedingly annoying, as {Culex sollicitans}, which breeds in enormous numbers …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • culex — [kyo͞o′leks΄] n. [ModL < L, a gnat < IE base * k̑ū , sharp, pointed > OIr cuil, gnat, Sans s̍ula , spear] any of a large genus (Culex) of mosquitoes, including many of the most common species found in North America and Europe culicine… …   English World dictionary

  • Culex — Culex. См. комар. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Culex [1] — Culex (C. L., Stechmücke), Gattung der Mücken mit vorgestrecktem, horizontalem Rüssel, der länger als die vierzehngliederigen Fühler ist, Taster gerade, beim Männchen länger als die Fühler, beim Weibchen sehr kurz; Arten: Gemeine Stechmücke (C.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Culex [2] — Culex, ein dem Virgilius beigelegtes, aber wahrscheinlich der zweiten Hälfte des 1. Jahrh. n. Chr. angehörendes kleines Gedicht, worin der Schatten einer getödteten Mücke, um seine Bestattung bittend, eingeführt wird …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Culex — Culex, s. Mücken …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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