Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa” 65(1): 37-43, doi: 10.3897/travaux.65.e81350
First record of the alien seed beetle Stator limbatus (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Bruchinae) from Cyprus
expand article infoJakovos Demetriou§, George Kakiopoulos|, Jiri Háva, Angeliki F Martinou§#, Alex Delobel¤
‡ Joint Services Health Unit Cyprus, Akrotiri, Cyprus§ Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus| Unaffiliated, Athens, Greece¶ Forestry and Game Management Research Institute, Praha, Czech Republic# Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre/ Care–C, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus¤ Unaffiliated, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
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The subfamily Bruchinae includes the majority of alien to Europe Chrysomelidae. Up-to-date, seven alien seed-beetle species have been collected from Cyprus affecting ornamental plants and stored products. During the last decade Stator limbatus (Horn, 1873), a New World species has been gradually reported invading Middle-Eastern countries and Mediterranean islands. In this publication, S. limbatus is recorded for the first time from the island of Cyprus. Specimens were collected from Ficus microcarpa, Eucalyptus sp. and Delonix regia, with the later species being confirmed as a suitable host for S. limbatus. The alarming presence of S. limbatus in both urban and protected areas raises some questions about any adverse effects on native biodiversity and socioeconomic parameters. The general lack of knowledge regarding the Bruchinae fauna of Cyprus hampers research endeavours for possible agonistic behaviour between native and alien species for resources and host-plants.

alien species, biological invasions, Mediterranean, seed-beetles