Alaskan Winter Mosquito

Culiseta alaskaensis

General Status Rank: 
Secure
Common Name: 
Alaskan Winter Mosquito
Scientific Name: 
Culiseta alaskaensis
Taxonomy
Group: 
Fly (Mosquito)
Kingdom: 
Animalia
Phylum: 
Arthropoda
Class: 
Insecta
Order: 
Diptera
Family: 
Culicidae
General Biology
Canada Known Subspecies Count: 
0

Female Age at Maturity

at least one year old
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Longevity

Extremly long life-span, of a year or more. Newly emerged females do not seek blood in first summer, spend live in torpid condition, eastivating or hibernating, earliest to seek bood the following spring, before snow has disappeared.. Later (another year) seeking blood for their 2nd or 3rd ovarian cycles, ?overlapping with their own progeny. With Culiseta impatiens appear to be the only species with this type of life cycle in Canada.
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Reproduction Frequency Per Year: 
0
Habitat
low elevation river valleys, forest, carex near adges of small deep semipermanent pools
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Distribution

Ecozones

Northern Arctic, Southern Arctic, Taiga Plains, Taiga Shield, Boreal Plains, Hudson Plains
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Distribution

Score: 
G

Number of Occurrences

9 occurrences prior to 1979, Mack delta -2, Ft McPherson, Norman Wells, Muskox lake approx, Yellowknife, Hay River, Ft Smith, east of Ft Smith (B159); Yelowknife (2004, 2005), Ft Smith (2005, 2013), Ft Simpson (2005, 2011, 2012, 2013), Inuvik (2005), Norman Wells (2005)
Score: 
BE
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Area of Occupancy

Score: 
-
Threats

Threats

Score: 
C

Intrinsic Vulnerability

Score: 
-
General Status Rank
Rank: 
Secure
S Rank: 
S4S5
Decision Process Description: 
Based on printed reference and expert opinion: Aynsley Thielman, Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON (2009); Reviewed in 2014 by Fiona Hunter
Last Updated: 
November 3, 2014

References

Age Of Maturity

  • Wood, D. M. Dang, P. T. and Ellis, R. A. (1979) The mosquitoes of Canada, Diptera:Culicidae. The Insects and arachnids of Canada: Part 6 Publication 1686 ENR library QL 434.52 .A1I5 pt. 6 - B159 Return

Ecozones

  • Wood, D. M. Dang, P. T. and Ellis, R. A. (1979) The mosquitoes of Canada, Diptera:Culicidae. The Insects and arachnids of Canada: Part 6 Publication 1686 ENR library QL 434.52 .A1I5 pt. 6 - B159 Return
  • The Canadian centre for mosquito management inc. (2005) A survey of adult mosquitoes from the Northwest Territories (Diptera:Culicidae) Identification by Randy Gadawski. unpublished report to B Elkin. Print in binder - R161 Return

Habitat

  • Wood, D. M. Dang, P. T. and Ellis, R. A. (1979) The mosquitoes of Canada, Diptera:Culicidae. The Insects and arachnids of Canada: Part 6 Publication 1686 ENR library QL 434.52 .A1I5 pt. 6 - B159 Return

Longevity

  • Wood, D. M. Dang, P. T. and Ellis, R. A. (1979) The mosquitoes of Canada, Diptera:Culicidae. The Insects and arachnids of Canada: Part 6 Publication 1686 ENR library QL 434.52 .A1I5 pt. 6 - B159 Return

Number of Occurrences

  • Wood, D. M. Dang, P. T. and Ellis, R. A. (1979) The mosquitoes of Canada, Diptera:Culicidae. The Insects and arachnids of Canada: Part 6 Publication 1686 ENR library QL 434.52 .A1I5 pt. 6 - B159 Return
  • The Canadian centre for mosquito management inc. (2005) A survey of adult mosquitoes from the Northwest Territories (Diptera:Culicidae) Identification by Randy Gadawski. unpublished report to B Elkin. Print in binder - R161 Return
  • Taz Stuart in Stasiak, Iga (2014) Mosquito Speciation Data - Identification by Taz Stuart. E-mail wth attachments to S Carriere 03/06/2014 e-copy - H288 Return