Predaceous Toxorhynchites mosquitoes require a living gut microbiota to develop

Kerri Coon, Luca Valzania, Mark R. Brown & Michael R. Strand
Most species of mosquitoes are detritivores that feed on decaying plant and animal materials in their aquatic environment. Studies of several detritivorous mosquito species indicate they host relatively low diversity communities of microbes that are acquired from the environment while feeding. Our recent results also indicate that detritivorous species require a living gut microbiota in order to grow beyond the first instar. Less well known is that some mosquitoes, including those belonging to the genus...
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