The distribution pattern of indirect flight muscle fibres in Aedes aegypti (L.) (Diptera : Culicidae)

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1968
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IN the mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.) the indirect flight muscles causing wing vibration are fibrillar in type and are arranged in four blocks, two dorsal longitudinal blocks placed on either side of the mid-line and, external to these, two dorsoventral blocks. Although Tiegs (1955) made passing reference to the musculature of Culicidae, Christophers (1960) stated that he knew of no description of the thoracic musculature of the adult Aedes aegypti, and there appears to have been no detailed study since 1960. The present observations were made in the course of histological work on Aedes aegypti infected with Brugia pahangi Buckley & Edeson. In order to assess the amount of damage induced by this parasite in the flight muscle fibres of the mosquito, the fibres were counted, and it soon became apparent that their number and distribution were not constant.
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Tropical Medicine And Parasitology, 43, p. 135-139