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why is malaria transmitted by females?

Mark Siddall mes at zoo.toronto.edu
Tue Jan 10 12:02:33 EST 1995

In article <roo-090195161824 at port38.annex3.net.ubc.ca> roo at unixg.ubc.ca (Ru Tan) writes:
>Does anyone know why female (but not male) anopheline mosquitos are
>implicated in malaria transmission? Do females bite more readily and if so,
>why? or is the female gut more suited for plasmodia sexual reproduction.

Male mosquitoes (of any type) do not blood-feed.
They nectar feed only.

>Just curious.
>Ru Tan    ||   roo at unixg.ubc.ca


Mark E. Siddall                "I don't mind a parasite...
mes at vims.edu                    I object to a cut-rate one" 
Virginia Inst. Marine Sci.                     - Rick
Gloucester Point, VA, 23062

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