Aedes albopictus is the potential vector of several pathogens. Recently, the South Pannonian ecoregion has been the border of the east Mediterranean established range of the species. We aimed to determine the current range limiting factors, to predict the potential seasonality and to model the future distribution of the mosquito in the Carpathian Basin. Mosquito trapping was performed in the border region. Larvae were collected from local waters. Based on the new and the previously performed collections, we analysed the limiting climatic factors of the occurrence. The calculation of the full ontogeny was based on previously published experimental results. The analysis of the climate of the successful and non-successful trapping sites showed the complex conditionality of the habitat preference of Aedes albopictus. We confirmed the presence of Phlebotomus neglectus in South-western Hungary and of Aedes albopictus in Zagreb. We found that Aedes albopictus can tolerate the climate of the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean where there are relatively cold winters due to high annual precipitation. Both the climate envelope model results and the gained range limiting factors support the hypothesis that the recent climate of Hungary allows the expansion of the mosquito in the Carpathian Basin.
Trájer AJ, Tánczos B, Hammer T et al.: The complex investigation... (2017)
Trájer Attila János, Tánczos Balázs, Hammer Tamás, Bede-Fazekas Ákos, Ranvig Keeler Asheesh, Schoffhauzer Judit, Padisák Judit
The complex investigation of the colonization potential of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) in the South Pannonian Ecoregion
Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 15(1): pp. 275-298.
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