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Title Pest status of Dactylopius opuntiae (Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Dactylopiidae) and new records of scale insects from northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus.

Authors Ülgentürk, S.; Hocaalİ, S. Ș.

Author Affiliation Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, 06110, Ankara, Turkey.

Journal Munis Entomology & Zoology 2019 Vol 14 No. 1 pp. 294-300

ISSN 1306-3022


Abstract

Cyprus has the ideal geographical and climatic conditions for the reproduction and spread of many insect species that accidentally enter the country by imported live plant materials. This work was carried out in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in 2017-2018 as part of the investigation on the harmful species on Babutsa (Opuntia ficus-indica). It was found that Dactylopius opuntiae (Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Dactylopiidae) spreads aggressively in the cacti cultivated for fruit and also infected some ornamental cacti in Famagusta Province, almost destroyed Prckly pear cactuses of closed Maraș Region. Diaspis echinocacti (Bouché) was found to be a relatively common pest species in ornamental cacti. Moreover, ornamental plants in the parks and gardens were severely infected by Pinnaspis aspidiastrae (Signoret) (Diaspidae) and Pulvaria floccifera Westwood (Coccidae). D. echinocacti, P. aspidiastrae and P. floccifera are new records for the insect fauna of Northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus. Information on biology, host plants, distribution, damage and control methods of these species, especially in cactuses, are given.
Publication type
Journal article

Publisher
MUNIS Research Group (MRG)

Year of publication
2019

Location of publication
Ankara

Country of publication
Turkey

Language of publication
English

Language of summary
English

Geographical location
Cyprus

Record number
20193089015

Organism descriptor
Cactaceae
Coccidae
Dactylopius opuntiae
Diaspis echinocacti
insects
Opuntia ficus-indica
Pinnaspis
plants


Descriptor
arthropod pests
geographical distribution
insect pests
new geographic records
ornamental plants
pests
plant pests


Identifier
ornamentals
pest arthropods
pest insects
Pinnaspis aspidiastrae
Pulvaria floccifera


Broad Term
Caryophyllales
eudicots
angiosperms
Spermatophyta
plants
eukaryotes
Coccoidea
Sternorrhyncha
Hemiptera
insects
Hexapoda
arthropods
invertebrates
animals
Commonwealth of Nations
Developing Countries
European Union Countries
Mediterranean Region
Southern Europe
Europe
Threshold Countries
Dactylopius
Dactylopiidae
Diaspis
Diaspididae
Opuntia
Cactaceae