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Brachyplatys vahlii (Fabricius, 1787), an introduced bug from Asia: first report in the Western Hemisphere (Hemiptera: Plataspidae: Brachyplatidinae).

Aiello, A. ; Saltonstall, K. ; Young, V.

BioInvasions Records 2016 Vol 5 No. 1 pp. 7-12;


Brachyplatys vahlii (Fabricius, 1787) (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) was first detected in Panama in 2012. It represents the second introduction of the Plataspidae into the New World, its first report from the Neotropics, and the first introduction of the genus Brachyplatys into the New World. The bug was identified using morphological characters and confirmed using molecular techniques. This bug poses a potentially serious threat to several important crops in Panama, including the popular Cajanus cajan, known locally as guandú, and peach palm/pixbae palm (Bactris gasipaes), widely cultivated throughout the Neotropics.