Estimation of population size and dispersal of Aedes polynesiensis on Toamaro motu, French Polynesia

David R. Mercer, Jerome Marie, Herve Bossin, Marc Faaruia, Albert Tetuanui, Michel Cheong Sang, Stephen L. Dobson

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Abstract

Mark-release-recapture methods were used to compare Aedes polynesiensis Marks adult numbers and dispersal between dry and wet seasons in a closed population on a small island (motu) in French Polynesia. Females were more than three times more common during wet (December 2008) than dry (May 2007) season samplings although high numbers of vectors were collected during both seasons. LincolnPetersen estimates for Ae. polynesiensis females on the motu were 6,055 per hectare for the dry season and 18,860 per hectare for the wet season. Marked females dispersed rapidly to all parts of the motu and survived until recaptures on days 15 after release. Males were not adequately sampled using human sentinels or Biogent Sentinel traps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-980
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medical Entomology
Volume49
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • French Polynesia
  • Lincoln-Petersen Index
  • mark-release-recapture
  • mosquito vector population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • General Veterinary
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases

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