Uranotaenia lateralis, copyright Graeme V. Cocks.

Belongs within: Culicidae.

Uranotaenia is a genus of generally very small mosquitoes with reduced micropilosity on the wings (Liehne 1991).

Characters (from Liehne 1991): Adult generally very small; vertex mainly with broad flat scales; proboscis long, slender, frequently swollen apically; palps short; scutum usually very strongly arched; pleura often with distinct lateral lines of iridescent scales; scutellum with broad flat scales; abdomen short, blunt-ended; claws short, simple and subequal, pulvilli absent; wing frequently with some pale iridescent scales, microtrichia of membrane fine and seemingly absent; anal wing vein sharply downcurved at end, ending slightly anterior to base of cubital fork. Larva with head often longer than wide; antenna short; maxillary suture never developed; setae 5-C and 6-C often developed into single flatted spines; lateral comb always present, usually as single row on basal plate; siphon well developed with distinct acus, pecten almost always developed, seta 1-S a single pair and never inserted at base; saddle usually complete.

<==Uranotaenia C09
    |  i. s.: U. lowii C09
    |         U. sapphirina S81
    |--U. (Pseudoficalbia) L91
    |    |--U. (P.) diagonalis L91
    |    `--U. (P.) hirsutifemora L91
    `--U. (Uranotaenia) L91
         |--U. (U.) albescens Taylor 1914 L91
         |--U. (U.) albosternopleura L91
         |--U. (U.) amiensis L91
         |--U. (U.) antennalis L91
         |--U. (U.) argyrotarsis L91
         |--U. (U.) lateralis L91
         |--U. (U.) moresbyensis L91
         |--U. (U.) nivipes L91
         |--U. (U.) novaguinensis L91
         `--U. (U.) tibialis L91

*Type species of generic name indicated


[C09] Chaverri, L. G. 2009. Culicidae (mosquitos, zancudos). In: Brown, B. V., A. Borkent, J. M. Cumming, D. M. Wood, N. E. Woodley & M. A. Zumbado (eds) Manual of Central American Diptera vol. 1 pp. 369–388. NRC Research Press: Ottawa.

[L91] Liehne, P. F. S. 1991. An Atlas of the Mosquitoes of Western Australia. Health Department of Western Australia.

[S81] Stone, A. 1981. Culicidae. In: McAlpine, J. F., B. V. Peterson, G. E. Shewell, H. J. Teskey, J. R. Vockeroth & D. S. Wood (eds) Manual of Nearctic Diptera vol. 1 pp. 341–350. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada.

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