Mosquitoes and other aquatic insects in fallow field biotopes and rice paddy fields

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  • S. Y. OHBA,

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    1. Department of Vector Ecology and Environment, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan
    2. Centre for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Otsu, Japan
      Shin-ya Ohba, Biological Laboratory, Faculty of Education Nagasaki University, 1-14 Bunkyo-machi, Nagasaki 852-8521, Japan. Tel.: +81 95 819 2393; Fax: +81 95 819 2393; E-mail: ooba@nagasaki-u.ac.jp
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  • T. MATSUO,

    1. Nagasaki Kita High School, Nagasaki, Japan
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  • M. TAKAGI

    1. Department of Vector Ecology and Environment, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan
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Shin-ya Ohba, Biological Laboratory, Faculty of Education Nagasaki University, 1-14 Bunkyo-machi, Nagasaki 852-8521, Japan. Tel.: +81 95 819 2393; Fax: +81 95 819 2393; E-mail: ooba@nagasaki-u.ac.jp

Abstract

Fallow field biotopes that develop from abandoned rice fields are man-made wetlands that provide new habitats for various aquatic animals. Although consideration of such biotopes generally focuses on their positive aspects, this study evaluated the negative aspects of establishing fallow field biotopes with regard to mosquito breeding sites. To determine whether fallow field biotopes become breeding habitats for vector mosquitoes, we evaluated mosquito fauna in fallow field biotopes and adjacent rice fields. We found larvae of Anopheles lesteri, Anopheles sinensis and Culex tritaeniorhynchus (all: Diptera: Culicidae) in the biotopes. Although abundances of mosquito larvae in the biotopes and rice fields were statistically similar, mosquito abundances in rice fields increased dramatically in August when the water level reduced after the rainy season. The abundance and variety of the mosquitoes' natural predators were greater in biotopes than in rice fields because the former are a permanent and stable aquatic environment. A generalized linear mixed model showed a negative effect of predator diversity on mosquito larvae abundance in both habitats. Although fallow field biotopes become breeding habitats for vector mosquitoes, establishing biotopes from fallow fields in order to protect various aquatic animals, including mosquito insect predators, may help to control mosquito breeding.

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