Effect of temperature on the embryronic development of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae)


  • Mohd Fadzil Awang Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Alicia Mindy Anak Rogie Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Hazilia Hussain Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Nazri Che Dom Universiti Teknologi MARA




Ae. albopictus, development, water temperature, Malaysia


Aedes albopictus (Skuse) is known to be an invasive species and it becomes the main concern on the changes of climate that will cause the expansion and spreading of the mosquito populations. Therefore, this study was designed to determine the development cycles of Ae. albopictus larval at different water temperatures and water holding containers in a controlled environment by using temperature regulated water bath to cover a range of temperature from 25ºC to 35ºC. The experiment was completely randomized in factorial 3 x 5 design (15 treatments), three populations (Selangor-strain, Malacca-strain and Sabah-strain) and three replications. The analysis was based on the observation of the immature stages development (days) in response to different water temperature regimes and types of water containers. The development between three different strains showed no significant difference (p-value: 0.594), however the effect of water temperature on local strains showed that the temperature might shorten the development period of Ae. albopictus. This study concluded that the information on the larval development could act as a preliminary warning in recognizing the pattern of outcome due to seasonal changes throughout the year in Malaysia.

Author Biographies

Mohd Fadzil Awang, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Centre of Environmental Health and Safety, Faculty of Health Science

Alicia Mindy Anak Rogie, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Centre of Environmental Health and Safety, Faculty of Health Science

Hazilia Hussain, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Centre of Environmental Health and Safety, Faculty of Health Science

Nazri Che Dom, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Integrated Mosquito Research Group (I-MeRGe)


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