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Crouching forward and downward on her forelegs, this image depicts an anterior oblique view of a feeding female Anopheles quadriannulatus mosquito. This specimen had landed on a human skin surface, and had obtained its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum, which it had inserted into its human host, and at this point had extracted it from the surface of the skin. Note the red-colored abdomen, filled with its blood meal contents. As a member of the A. gambiae species complex, A. quadriannulatus is a known vector for the parasitic disease malaria.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ James Gathany
Creation Date:2014
Photo Credit:James Gathany
CDC Organization
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