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Prodiplosis hirsuta Kolesik sp. nov., a new species of gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) feeding on shoot tips of Jatropha (Euphorbiaceae) in South America

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Kolesik, P., Kumaran, N., Oleiro, M., Goñalons, C. M., Brookes, D., Cabrera Walsh, G. and Dhileepan, K. (2022) Prodiplosis hirsuta Kolesik sp. nov., a new species of gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) feeding on shoot tips of Jatropha (Euphorbiaceae) in South America. Austral Entomology, 61 (1). pp. 37-48. ISSN 2052-174X

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Article Link(s): https://doi.org/10.1111/aen.12583

Publisher URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/aen.12583

Abstract

Abstract A gall midge, Prodiplosis hirsuta Kolesik sp. nov., is described whose larvae feed on shoot tips of Jatropha gossypiifolia and Jatropha clavuligera in Paraguay and Bolivia. Morphology and the mitochondrial COI gene sequence of the new species are given. Field survey and preliminary no-choice host specificity tests showed that the host plant range of P. hirsuta is confined to J. gossypiifolia and J. clavuligera. The apparent host specificity and the damage potential make P. hirsuta a prospective candidate for biological control of J. gossypiifolia in Australia.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:Australia, bellyache bush, biological weed control, Bolivia, Paraguay
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Plant pests and diseases
Plant pests and diseases > Weeds, parasitic plants etc
Plant pests and diseases > Economic entomology
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia
Deposited On:10 Mar 2022 06:45
Last Modified:10 Mar 2022 06:45

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