Culex eldridgei Adames & Galindo, 1973.
Subfamily Culicinae, genus Culex. Subgenus Belkinomyia is monobasic. See Culex classification, Subgenus Belkinomyia). Subgenus abbreviation – Bel.
ADULTS – Decumbent scales of vertex and orbital lines narrow; antenna longer than proboscis, flagellar whorls similar in both sexes, slightly longer in males; proboscis slightly longer than forefemur; maxillary palpus very short, with 3 (2?) palpomeres in both sexes; scutum and scutellum with narrow falcate scales except for bare narrow dorsocentral lines; acrostichal setae absent; pleura with scales on postpronotum and few along mesokatepisternal setae; lower mesepimeral seta present; wing, legs and abdominal terga dark-scaled; vein R2 and vein R3 of wing with broad scales; ungues of tarsi simple, fore- and midungues unequal in males. MALE GENITALIA – Tergum IX lobes small, globular, setose; gonocoxite without scales; subapical lobe somewhat as in genus Deinocerites, undivided, with 1 foliform and 3 spiniform setae; gonostylus uniquely developed, exceptionally short and broad with an apical forked claw as in Deinocerites; phallosome not columnar, lateral plate mostly membranous, membranous areas bearing distinct denticles; paraproct with comb-like crown of short and heavy spicules. LARVAE – Head without lateral expansion caudad of antenna; setae 2,3-C absent; setae 4–6-C closely grouped together, inserted caudad of level of seta 7-C; seta 3-P significantly shorter than 1,2-P, with 4–6 weak branches; seta 7-II small like seta 7-III–VI; comb scales in patch; pecten comprised of simple spines; seta 1-S inserted beyond pecten, with 4 posterolateral setae and a distal lateral seta; seta 2-X with 1 short postbasal branch; seta 3-X single; ventral brush (seta 4-X) with 6 pairs of setae on grid. PUPAE – Meatus of trumpet without slit from proximal part of pinna; seta 8-CT longer than other setae of cephalothorax, with multiple branches; seta 1-II,III strongly developed, with numerous branches, slightly resembling seta 1-I; seta 2-III–VI nearly on posterior margin of tergum, seta 2-III,VI inserted lateral to seta 1, 2-IV,V inserted mesad of seta 1; seta 5-IV–VI weakly developed, barely reaching middle of following tergum; seta 9-VII short, distinctly shorter than seta 3-VII; caudal lobe of tergum VIII not overlying lateral part of tergum IX; seta 1-Pa and seta 2-Pa present. See genus Culex.
The immature stages are found in crab holes containing slightly saline water. The adults rest in crab holes.
The single species of subgenus Belkinomyia is not medically important.
Pacific coast of Colombia.
Adames & Galindo, 1973 (subgenus and species descriptions, bionomics, distribution).
eldridgei Adames & Galindo, 1973