Series: Records of the Zoological Survey of India Occasional Papers Volume: 241
50 pages, colour illustrations, colour maps
The wetlands of India are exceptionally diverse comprising 2167 natural habitats and 65,253 artificial sites, which constitute 0.47% of the land surface area. In Tamil Nadu, the wetland ecosystems comprise more than 30 natural habitats and 20,030 artificial areas. Wetlands are increasingly under pressure due to natural and man-made problems such as the ongoing population explosion, industrial growth, rural migration, urbanization, pollution, deforestation, environmental and climatic changes, drought and flooding. These man-made and environmental factors tend to alter the wetland ecosystem, which in turn is responsible for the rapid growth of mosquito populations and as such the spread of diseases. Knowledge of the mosquito fauna and its associated wetland breeding habitats is far from complete. Hence this study was focused on making an inventory of mosquito fauna found in a wide range of wetland ecosystems and to assess them as vectors of human disease.
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