Population structure of Aedes albopictus (Skuse): the mosquito which is colonizing Mediterranean countries

Heredity (Edinb). 2000 Mar;84 ( Pt 3):331-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2540.2000.00676.x.


Multilocus electrophoresis analysis has been used to study the genetic structure of 18 populations of Aedes albopictus newly introduced to Italy, in comparison with two populations in the United States, four in Japan, and four in Indonesia. Allozyme analysis revealed that 15 out of the 18 studied loci were polymorphic among the 28 populations. No significant deviations from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium were found at polymorphic loci. High genetic affinity was observed between the Italian populations and those from the United States and Japan. The analysis of variance in allele frequencies showed that variance among subpopulations accounted for most of the total variance, suggesting that isolation of the Italian populations is not related to distance. Analysis of linkage disequilibrium using Ohta's method shows that the variance in the frequency of allele combinations could be explained by the action of the genetic drift which accompanies the establishment of new populations. The colonization process of Ae. albopictus in Italy is following a trend similar to that previously observed in the U.S. A., probably because both infestations derive from several successive introductions, each with large numbers of individuals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aedes / genetics*
  • Animals
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Isoenzymes / genetics
  • Italy
  • Linkage Disequilibrium
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Models, Genetic


  • Isoenzymes