Macrophoto of malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae

Macrophoto of malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae

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Caption: Malaria mosquito. Macrophotograph of an Anopheles gambiae mosquito on a leaf. Female Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria whilst taking blood meals from humans. The parasite responsible for malaria (Plasmodium) is carried in the female mosquito's saliva. Female mosquitoes have a long proboscis (at lower centre) adapted for piercing human skin to suck blood. They have compound eyes (blue/yellow) which have many facets. Malaria is a major health problem and a killer disease in Africa, Asia and South America. Magnification: x4 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, anopheles, anopheles gambiae, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, malaria mosquito, mosquito, nature, wildlife, worst invasive alien species, zoology

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