How many chromosomes do mosquitos have?

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It depends which species of mosquito you are asking about. Mosquitoes is a term used to describe approximately 3,500 species of insect. 

Mosquitos from the family Culicidae have a diploid number of 2n = 6. This means these mosquitoes have three pairs of chromosomes, or six chromosomes total when the...

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It depends which species of mosquito you are asking about. Mosquitoes is a term used to describe approximately 3,500 species of insect. 

Mosquitos from the family Culicidae have a diploid number of 2n = 6. This means these mosquitoes have three pairs of chromosomes, or six chromosomes total when the sister chromosomes are counted individually. 

One species of mosquito, Chagasia bathana, has a diploid number of 2n = 8 (four pairs of chromosomes).

As a comparison, humans have a diploid number of 2n = 46, or 23 pairs of chromosomes.

The diploid number refers to the number of chromosomes in a somatic cell. The diploid number is twice the haploid number. The haploid number refers to the number of chromosomes received from one parent. Gametes contain a haploid number of chromosomes.

 

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