Reverse identification key for mosquito species

Publication

This key provides the non-specialist with reference material to help recognise an invasive mosquito species and gives details on the morphology to help with verification.

Executive summary

More and more people are getting involved in the surveillance of invasive mosquito species in the EU/EEA, not just professionals with formal training in entomology. There are many taxonomic keys available for identifying mosquitoes of medical and veterinary importance, but they are almost all designed for professionally trained entomologists.

This key provides the non-specialist with reference material to help recognise an invasive mosquito species and gives details on the morphology (in the species-specific pages) to help with verification and the compiling of a final list of candidates. The key displays six invasive mosquito species that are present in the EU/EEA or have been intercepted in the past. It also contains nine native species. The native species have been selected based on their morphological similarity with the invasive species, the likelihood of encountering them, whether they bite humans and how common they are.