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The Medical and Veterinary Entomology team described a new species of mosquito

Following an expedition in Rattanakiri, and Kirirom National Parks, the Medical and Veterinary Entomology team of the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge collected a new species of elephant mosquito. These mosquitoes were collected inside Nepenthes pitchers, an endangered carnivorous plant. Its larvae develops in the water held by the pitchers. Fortunately, these large-size mosquitoes (reaching up to 2 cm long) do not feed on blood!

The entomologist decided to name in Toxorhynchites domrey in tributes to the Khmer designation for elephants, called “Dom rey” (ដំរី in Khmer).

Link to read the Scientific Publication