Historical review of the distribution of Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) darlingi (Diptera: culicidae) in the peruvian amazon


  • Roberto Fernández Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Tropicales de la Marina de los EE. UU., NAMRU-6. Lima, Perú. Biólogo entomólogo.
  • Hubert Vera Dirección Regional de Salud de Madre de Dios. Madre de Dios, Perú. Biólogo, magíster en Economía.
  • Guillermo Calderón Ministerio de Salud. Lima, Perú. Doctor en Ciencias Biológicas.




Diptera, Culicidae, Malaria, Peru


Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) darlingi has been reported since 1931 in border areas of the department of Loreto, mainly along the borders with Brazil and Colombia. In 1994, during an outbreak of malaria, An. darlingi was found in neighboring towns to Iquitos. At present, its distribution has expanded considerably in Loreto. This paper reviews literature available for all possible information on the distribution of mosquitoes, particularly anopheline in the Amazon region of the country, with special emphasis on An darlingi. Entomological collections were also conducted in the departments of Madre de Dios and Ucayali in order to know and verify the distribution of An. darlingi. At present, the distribution of the species is confined to localities in southeastern Peru with Bolivia border towns, in a town near the Abujao River in the department of Ucayali, and widely in the northeastern region of the Amazon basin of Loreto in Peru.


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Fernández R, Vera H, Calderón G. Historical review of the distribution of Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) darlingi (Diptera: culicidae) in the peruvian amazon. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2014 Jul. 2 [cited 2024 May 22];31(2). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/52

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