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Keywords:

  • Larval density;
  • Anopheles gambiae s.s.;
  • competition;
  • conspecific;
  • sex-ratio

ABSTRACT:

Mosquito larval habitat determines the fitness, survivorship, fecundity, and vector capacity of emerging adults. We manipulated larval density and food provisioning in the laboratory to determine their effects on a number of life history parameters of Anopheles gambiae. Larval mortality was positively correlated with larval density. In addition, increased density skewed sex ratios that favored females.