n African Entomology - Sampling of South African citrus thrips (Scirtothrips aurantii Faure) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) across host plant species in South Africa : short communication
|Article Title||Sampling of South African citrus thrips (Scirtothrips aurantii Faure) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) across host plant species in South Africa : short communication|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 University of Queensland, Australia and 2 University of Queensland, Australia|
|Publication Date||Sep 2012|
|Pages||408 - 410|
Scirtothrips aurantii Faure (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), the well-known economic pest of horticulture in Africa (Samways et al. 1987; Lewis 1997; Grove et al. 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 et al. 1987). Consequently, the establishment of this species in Australia was a major cause for concern (Anon. 2003), but no reports of S. aurantii attacking horticultural hosts in Australia have surfaced, despite several targeted surveys (Anon. 2003; Rafter et al. 2008).
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