n African Entomology - Sampling of South African citrus thrips ( Faure) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) across host plant species in South Africa : short communication




Faure (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), the well-known economic pest of horticulture in Africa (Samways 1987; Lewis 1997; Grove 2000), established adventitiously in Australia around 2002. Although known colloquially as the South African citrus thrips, the species is a well-documented generalist that is reported from 70 to 100 plant species from 32 families (Gilbert 1989; de Villiers 1987). Consequently, the establishment of this species in Australia was a major cause for concern (Anon. 2003), but no reports of attacking horticultural hosts in Australia have surfaced, despite several targeted surveys (Anon. 2003; Rafter 2008).


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