The influence of the ph and salinity of water in breeding sites on the occurrence and community composition of immature mosquitoes in the green belt of the city of São Paulo, Brazil

Laura Cristina Multini, Rafael Oliveira-Christe, Antônio Ralph Medeiros-Sousa, Eduardo Evangelista, Karolina Morales Barrio-Nuevo, Luis Filipe Mucci, Walter Ceretti-Junior, Amanda Alves Camargo, André Barretto Wilke, Mauro Toledo Marrelli

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Abstract

The physicochemical parameters of water, such as pH, salinity, conductivity, and total dissolved solids, can influence mosquito larval development, survival, and abundance. Therefore, it is important to elucidate how these factors influence mosquito occurrence. We hypothesized that the occurrence and community composition of immature mosquito species are driven not only by the availability of suitable aquatic habitats, but also by the physicochemical factors of these habitats. The primary objective of this study was therefore to investigate the influence of the physicochemical parameters of water in different types of aquatic habitats on the occurrence of mosquito species in two remnants of Atlantic Forest in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Collections of immature mosquitoes and assessment of the physicochemical characteristics of the water in the collection sites were car-ried out for twelve months. The variation in species composition and occurrence with the measured physicochemical parameters and the type of breeding site was assessed using constrained ordination methods. The results indicate that there was a statistically significant difference in species composition as a function of the different types of aquatic habitats, and that pH had an influence on species occurrence even when the variance explained by the type of aquatic habitat was removed from the analysis. There was a statistically significant association between mosquito species occurrence and pH and salinity, and the former had a significant influence on the mosquito species collected regardless of the type of aquatic habitat, showing that the pH of the breeding site water is an important factor in driving mosquito population dynamics and species distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number797
JournalInsects
Volume12
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arbovirus
  • Atlantic forest
  • Ecology
  • Malaria
  • Mosquito

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science

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