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Occurrence of Aedes cretinus in Cyprus based on information collected by citizen scientists

In: Journal of the European Mosquito Control Association
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A.F. Martinou Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus BFPO 57, RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.
Care-C, Athalassa Campus, 20 Konstantinou Kavafi Street, 2121 Aglantzia, Nicosia, Cyprus.

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J. Fawcett SO1 EH POL, Army Health, Army Headquarters, IDL 6, Zone 1, Ground Floor, Blenheim Building, Marlborough Lines, Monxton Road, Andover Hants SP11 8HT, S4B, United Kingdom.

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M. Georgiou Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus BFPO 57, RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.

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I. Angelidou Enalia Physis, Acropoleos 2, Aglantzia, 2101, Cyprus.

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M. Philippou Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus BFPO 57, RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.

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F. Schaffner Francis Schaffner Consultancy, Lörracherstrasse 50, 4125 Riehen, Switzerland.

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The current study presents a success story where through a small network of citizen scientists original information regarding the occurrence of Aedes cretinus was received, suggesting the absence of invasive Aedes species on the island of Cyprus. Citizen science records show that Ae. cretinus most likely has an island wide spatial distribution while its seasonal activity is limited to the spring and summer months. Data collected by citizen scientists under ‘The Three Mosquiteers’ citizen science initiative, provided more records than any efforts from the authorities in the last 73 years. The future success and the longevity of this initiative will be strongly dependent on the in-depth engagement and collaboration between local experts in entomology and citizen scientists.

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