A genus of mosquito, some species of which can transmit human malaria.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Malaria Glossary
There are approximately 400 species of Anopheles throughout the world, only
about 60 are vectors of malaria under natural condition. Only female mosquitoes
drink blood, usually to fuel the production of eggs. Female mosquitoes bite
usually between sunset and sunrise.
Source: Wellcome trust,
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