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Advances in Zoology
Volume 2015, Article ID 720365, 6 pages
Research Article

Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto Aquatic Stages Development Comparison between Insectary and Semifield Structure

1Division of Livestock and Human Health Disease Vector Control, Tropical Pesticides Research Institute, Mosquito Section, P.O. Box 3024, Arusha, Tanzania
2Department of Medical Parasitology and Entomology, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, P.O. Box 1464, Mwanza, Tanzania
3Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA), P.O. Box 9653, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
4National Institute for Medical Research, Amani Medical Research Centre, P.O. Box 81, Muheza, Tanzania
5National Institute for Medical Research, Headquarters, P.O. Box 9653, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Received 18 September 2014; Revised 10 December 2014; Accepted 10 December 2014

Academic Editor: Cleber Galvão

Copyright © 2015 Eliningaya J. Kweka et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Effective malaria vector control initiatives need a clear understanding of mosquito behaviour and its ecology. This study compared larvae development to adult emergence in insectary and malaria-sphere (SFS). This is the preliminary study which gives an insight to forthcoming studies. Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto eggs were hatched in insectary and transferred in densities of 20 and 50 per microhabitat with twenty replicates of each density. Both densities of larvae were reared in semifield structure and in insectary from the same batch of eggs. They were provided with tetramin fish food. In both densities of 20 and 50, pupation rate and time were found to be similar in SFS and insectary, but, in survivorship from larvae to pupae at density of 50, more larvae survived significantly to pupae stage in SFS than in insectary (). The adult emergence rates were similar for densities of 20 and 50 between SFS and Insectary. There was a significant difference between SFS and insectary in light intensity () and temperatures (), with SFS having higher rates than insectary. The findings of this study have shown that larvae development rates are encouraging having semifield structures for malaria vector rearing for behavioural studies toward malaria control.