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Title: Aphids (Hemiptera: Aphidoidea) associated with native trees in Malta (Central Mediterranean)
Authors: Mifsud, David
Perez Hidalgo, Nicolas
Barbagallo, Sebastiano
Keywords: Insects -- Malta
Hemiptera -- Malta
Trees -- Diseases and pests
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Entomological Society of Malta
Citation: Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta. 2009, Vol.2, p. 81-93
Abstract: In the present study 25 aphid species which are known to be associated with trees in the Maltese Islands are recorded. Of these, 18 species represent new records; these include Aphis craccivora, Brachyunguis tamaricis, Cavariella aegopodii, Chaitophorus capreae, C. populialbae, Cinara cupressi, C. maghrebica, C. palaestinensis, Essigella californica, Eulachnus rileyi, E. tuberculostemmatus, Hoplocallis picta, Lachnus roboris, Myzocallis schreiberi, Tetraneura nigriabdominalis, Thelaxes suberi, Tinocallis takachihoensis and Tuberolachnus salignus. A number of the above mentioned species alternate hosts between the primary host, being the tree species, and secondary hosts being mainly roots of grasses. The record of Tetraneura ulmi could be incorrect and could possibly be referred to T. nigriabdominalis. Most of the aphid species recorded in the present study have restricted distribution in the Maltese Islands due to the rarity of their host trees. This is particularly so for those aphids associated with Populus, Quercus, Salix and Ulmus whose conservation should be addressed.
ISSN: 2070-4526
Appears in Collections:BulESM, 2009, Volume 2
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