No new exotic mosquito species introduced to New Zealand, 2009-18.
- As of 2018, there are three long-established exotic mosquito species in New Zealand (Table 1) .
- The Southern Saltmarsh mosquito (Aedes camptorhynchus) was eradicated in 2010. It was first reported to be living in New Zealand in 1998.
- In 2018 Culex sitiens was detected in Kaipara Harbour through the National Saltmarsh mosquito surveillance programme .
Table 1: New Zealand’s recent history of exotic mosquito introductions
|Exotic mosquito species known to have established in New Zealand
||New Zealand distribution
1961 - present
Southern South Island
||1916 - present
North Island and South Island from Lyttelton north
||1830 - present
||North Island and northern South Island
Southern Saltmarsh Mosquito
|1998 - 2010
||North and eastern North Island and northern South Island
Data source: New Zealand BioSecure, 2019
1. New Zealand BioSecure Entomology Laboratory. New Zealand Mosquitoes. Southern Monitoring Services Limited. (Accessed March 2019). Available at: www.smsl.co.nz
2. MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries). Alerts: Culex stitiens. (Accessed March 2019). Available at: www.mpi.govt.nz