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Mosquito Larva

Most mosquito larvae eat algae and other microscopic organisms that abound in water. The larvae, then, are an important food for many aquatic animals, including fish.

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Mosquito Larvae ("Wrigglers")

Mosquito larvae are aquatic, with a large head and thorax and narrow, wormlike abdomen. They typically hang just below the water surface, breathing air through tubes at the end of the abdomen. When disturbed, they wriggle downward.

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There are about 50 species of mosquitoes in our state.
Who likes mosquitoes? Certainly not people! However, mosquitoes have lived on Earth for millions of years, and all that time they’ve been feeding fish with their legions of “wriggler” larvae.

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The Mosquitofish

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Mosquitofish prefer warm climates and only a few survive Missouri's cold winters.

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Western Mosquitofish

Gambusia affinis
This fish is in the livebearer family, along with many popular aquarium fish such as guppies, mollies and swordtails. They share the same general body shape, and, like the others, have internal fertilization and bear live young.

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