Establishment, Genetic Diversity, and Habitat Suitability of Aedes albopictus Populations from Ecuador

Andrés Carrazco-Montalvo, Patricio Ponce, Stephany D. Villota, Emmanuelle Quentin, Sofía Muñoz-Tobar, Josefina Coloma, Varsovia Cevallos

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Aedes albopictus, also known as the tiger mosquito, is widespread worldwide across trop-ical, subtropical, and temperate regions. This insect is associated with the transmission of several vector-borne diseases, and, as such, monitoring its distribution is highly important for public health. In Ecuador, Ae. albopictus was first reported in 2017 in Guayaquil. Since then, the vector has been identified in the Northeastern lowlands and the Amazon basin. This study aims to determine the genetic diversity of Ecuadorian populations of Ae. albopictus through the analysis of the mitochon-drial gene COI and to describe the potential distribution areas of this species within the country. The genetic diversity was determined by combining phylogenetic and population genetics analyses of five localities in Ecuador. Results showed two haplotypes in the Ecuadorian populations of Ae. albopictus. Haplotype 1 (H1) was found in the coastal and Amazon individuals, while haplotype 2 (H2) was only found in the three northeastern lowlands sites. In a worldwide context, H1 is the most widespread in 21 countries with temperate and tropical habitats. In contrast, H2 distribution is limited to five countries in tropical regions, suggesting fewer adaptation traits. Our prediction model showed a suitable habitat for Ae. albopictus in all regions (coastal, Amazon basin, and Andean lowland regions and the Galápagos Islands) of Ecuador. Hence, understanding different aspects of the vector can help us implement better control strategies for surveillance and vectorial control in Ecuador.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo305
PublicaciónInsects
Volumen13
N.º3
DOI
EstadoPublicada - mar. 2022
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