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Title: On some arthropods associated with Ficus species (Moraceae) in the Maltese Islands
Authors: Mifsud, David
Falzon, Annushka
Malumphy, Chris
Lillo, Enrico de
Vovlas, Nicola
Porcelli, Francesco
Keywords: Insects -- Malta
Ficus (Plants)
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Entomological Society of Malta
Citation: Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta. 2012, Vol.5, p. 5-34
Abstract: An account is given on the 39 arthropod species which were found on different Ficus trees in the Maltese Islands. Seventeen species represent new records for Malta including Anothopoda fici, Asetadiptacus emiliae, Astichus bachmaieri, Ecphylus caudatus, Empoasca alsiosa, Eupristina verticillata, Ficocyba ficaria, Gynaikothrips ficorum, Josephiella microcarpae, Philotrypesis caricae, Pleistodontes sp., Rhaphitelus maculats, Rhyncaphytoptus ficifoliae, Scobicia chevrieri, Silba adipata, Singhiella citrifolii and Zanchius breviceps. Anothopoda fici and Zanchius breviceps, also represent new records for the entire European territory. Of the 39 arthropods, 33 feed on Ficus trees, whereas the rest are either parasitoids or predators of some of these plant feeders. The 33 species which use Ficus as their host-plant spend most of their development on and utilise the aforementioned trees as their main source of food, at least during their larval development.
ISSN: 2070-4526
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