Definitions for: Culex

[n] type genus of the Culicidae: widespread genus of mosquitoes distinguished by holding the body parallel to the resting surface

Webster (1913) Definition: Cu"lex (k?"l?ks), n. [L., a gnat.] (Zo["o]l.)
A genus of dipterous insects, including the gnat and

Cu"lex, n. [L., a gnat.] (Zo["o]l.)
A genus of mosquitoes to which most of the North American
species belong. Some members of this genus are exceedingly
annoying, as C. sollicitans, which breeds in enormous
numbers in the salt marshes of the Atlantic coast, and {C.
pipiens}, breeding very widely in the fresh waters of North
America. (For characters distinguishing these from the
malaria mosquitoes, see Anopheles, above.) The yellow-fever
mosquito is now placed in another genus, Stegomyia.

Synonyms: genus Culex

See Also: arthropod genus, common mosquito, Culex fatigans, Culex pipiens, Culex quinquefasciatus, Culicidae, family Culicidae

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