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Phytoparasitica

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 535–539 | Cite as

First record of the red gum lerp psyllid, Glycaspis brimblecombei Moore (Hemiptera Psyllidae), in Tunisia

  • Sarra Ben Attia
  • Carmelo RapisardaEmail author
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Abstract

During a survey carried out in August 2013 along all coastal areas of north-eastern Tunisia (governorships of Bizerte, Ariana, Tunis, Ben Arous, Nabeul, Sousse), eucalyptus trees were found to be highly infested by the invasive pest Glycaspis brimblecombei Moore, 1964, also known as red gum lerp psyllid. This insect, native to the Australian region and secondarily dispersed also in the Americas, Mauritius, Madagascar and South Africa, very recently started to invade the Mediterranean region and in almost 5 years has spread to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Greece and Morocco. Its presence in Tunisia (which is recorded here for the first time) most probably dates back to summer 2012, since typical necrotic spots caused by the lerp of the psyllid had already been noted on leaves during spring 2013. No presence of its main parasitoid – Psyllaephagus bliteus Riek – nor of any other natural enemy, was noted up to now during our survey in Tunisia.

Keywords

Eucalyptus trees Invasive pest Jumping plant-lice New record North Africa 

Notes

Acknowledgment

The research was supported by the project “Insects and globalization: sustainable control of exotic species in agro-forestry ecosystems (GEISCA)”, financed by the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (PRIN 2010/2011 project 2010CXXHJE_004).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agri-food and Environmental Systems Management (Dipartimento di Gestione dei Sistemi Agro-alimentari e Ambientali – DiGeSA), Applied Entomology SectionUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly

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