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ISRN Public Health
Volume 2012, Article ID 143863, 5 pages
Research Article

Mosquito Longevity, Vector Capacity, and Malaria Incidence in West Timor and Central Java, Indonesia

1Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD 4222, Australia
2Environmental Futures Centre, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia
3Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia

Received 6 September 2011; Accepted 11 October 2011

Academic Editor: G. Tolomiczenko

Copyright © 2012 Ermi Ndoen 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.


The aim of this paper was to relate anopheline mosquito longevity to malaria incidence in two areas in Indonesia: West Timor and Central Java. We estimated the physiological age of females captured landing on humans or resting inside and outside buildings. The estimate was based on the state of the ovaries and was used to estimate longevity. The results showed that there were large differences between the two areas surveyed. In West Timor the longevity of the anophelines ranged from 13 to 23 days, sufficient for completing the intrinsic incubation cycle and for malaria transmission, whereas in Central Java the longevity was only 3 days, insufficient both for incubation and for transmission. We concluded that the West Timor study area had a greater risk of malaria transmission than that of Central Java and this was supported by village survey data that showed greater malaria incidence in West Timor than in Central Java.