ALTERNATIVE FISH SPECIES AS PREDATORS FOR RICE FIELD MOSQUITOS IN CALIFORNIA'

TitleALTERNATIVE FISH SPECIES AS PREDATORS FOR RICE FIELD MOSQUITOS IN CALIFORNIA'
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsJr, J. J. Cech, & Moyle P. B.
JournalBulletin of the Society of Vector Ecologists
Volume8
Issue2
Pagination107–110
Date Published12/1983
AbstractThe mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) has been an effective predator of mosquito larvae in California rice fields. However, it's low fecundity and internal fertilization requirements make mass culture of this species difficult. Two native fishes in the Cyprinidae family are proposed as alternative species because they have many desirable characteristics of larvivorous fish for potential mosquito control in California rice fields. The biggest advantage of the two proposed species, hitch Lavinia exilicauda) and Sacramento blackfish (Orthodon microlepidotus), is their high fecundity and probable ease of culture. Research regarding these species' metabolic food demand and behavioral prey preference is suggested to determine their suitability as rice field mosquito control organisms.
URLhttp://www.sove.org/SOVE%20folder/journal/sovejournal74-2000/SOVE%201983,%20VOL%208,%20NO%202.pdf#page=43